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What Are Our Conclusions?

These conclusions are drawn mainly from the working groups of our regional dissemination workshop and included the research teams as well as representatives form UNRWA, ARC, NAJDE, Al-JANA, SCF, and the Canada Fund. Because the West Bank and Gaza team leaders and most of the NGO representatives in those sites were unable to travel to attend the dissemination workshop, we were unable to set up a small working group to draw conclusions from their data.

Jordan

  • Children and adolescents need to be drawn into the whole process of planning, designing and implementing projects for their benefit by NGOs, policy makers, and donors.

  • Create spaces for children and youth to express themselves physically through playgrounds and centres as well as socially through cultural and educational centres.

  • Promote Palestinian history through formal and informal education (UNRWA schools as well as programmes portraying Palestinian history.

  • Open channels between families and schools to help solve problems related to violence.

  • Promote and support programmes which bring refugee children from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank to meet and share experiences.

Syria

  • Support positive coping and not glorify children's sacrifices through peer relations, respect of place, feeling valued by the community.

  • Encourage participation of children in schools, non-formal learning with teachers, parental / community role, child- to child and understanding child labour.

Lebanon

  • Develop programmes for youth to engage in research and creative expression with others. Set up libraries and programmes to encourage reading and writing. Create opportunities to set up computer labs with suitable materials for children.

  • Create opportunities for youth discussion groups to engage in problem solving. Create dialogue between parents and teachers and set up counseling units at schools.

  • Present problems of UNRWA schools to UNRWA administrators and take other concrete recommendations to responsible agencies.

  • Create a programme for school dropouts (relocating or vocational training).

  • Set up gender sensitive training programmes at school, NGOs and the community. Create youth clubs for girls.

Last updated Sep 23, 2011