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This is a reference for Paul Smyth

Youth Work and Conflict

The training activity took place
in Lebanon
organised by British Council, Lebanon
14th - 20th March 2010

Aims & objectives

The purpose of the visit was to train community activists (Tripoli) and teachers (Baalbek) to use informal education pedagogy to address issues of conflict with young people, and to build civic action projects.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

I was the only trainer, and the participants were all Lebanese from a variety of religious and political traditions. There were around 15 participants in the training in Tripoli, and 30 in Baalbek.

Training methods used & main activities

I used a variety of methods based on the manual created by Public Achievement, Northern Ireland, called "Building Democracy with Young People in Contested Spaces". I used a variety of participative method to help participants to understand: themselves as educators in a divided society; the nature of the contested space in which they live and how it affects their role as educators; better understanding young people in a contested space - including the conflicts they experience; and creative models of evaluation practice. Much of this was in small groups, using creative methodologies (including creating and discussing maps of communities) and feeding back to the larger group.

Outcomes of the activity

Outcomes included:
Building skills of participants to use informal education and youth work methodologies with young people in their communities
Building a better understanding of the impact of conflict on young people, communities and themselves as educators
Helping participants to co-design local action projects with young people and to implement and evaluate these projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I designed and led the training which was organised by the British Council Lebanon with local partners. The trip was co-sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

I worked on this training for 15th - 19th days as a full time trainer.

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