Wahda: Understanding the impact of youth dialogue in Lebanon

15 Nov 2021

‘Wahda’ stands for unity and togetherness in Arabic. It is through this unity and togetherness that this program aims to increase tolerance of difference and diversity of participating young people (aged 14 - 29) from October 2019 to December 2021.

The goal of this intervention is to contribute towards building communities that are accepting of Religious and Ethnic Minority populations in Lebanon. It attempts to do this through facilitated youth dialogue sessions at youth clubs in Saida and the surrounding region (Barja, Dalhoun and Siblin). The program aims to achieve this by building the capacities of 20 facilitators, aged 18 - 29 to deliver and monitor dialogue-based activities to 250 participants, aged 14 – 17.

As part of the curriculum, beneficiaries took part in activities designed to develop their ability and confidence to engage in constructive dialogue with diversity. Young people were provided with opportunities to put these skills into practice by participating in facilitated dialogues with fellow participants in other Wahda dialogue groups, as well as global peers across Jordan, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.

The design of Wahda builds on existing learning from over a decade of delivering Generation Global, TBI’s international dialogue education program that seeks to equip young people in over 30 countries with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become active, global and open-minded citizens. Its resources, from which the Wahda curriculum was adapted, are available to use for free in English, Arabic and other languages, via its online platform.

Wahda is implemented by Naba’a and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

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