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“The road to peace starts with believing in those who reach out to help. It is considering violence as a weakness and forgiveness as being better than revenge.” With this statement, UNDP consultant Mr. Fadi Abi Allam opened a three-day training session with youth from Qara’oun, West Bekaa.
- “this training taught me how to deal better with problems on a professional level and improve my communication skills in order to avoid conflicts.”- Attendant Amro Omais
As part of the Mechanisms for Social Stability (MSS), the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project organized these training sessions funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW in order to train and prepare the youth coming from different backgrounds and nationalities to deal with social pressures and build strong positive relations between them.
Titled “Conflict Resolution and Proposal writing,” the training gathered 27 young men and women from Qara’oun on September 4th, 5th and 6th 2015.
Aiming at tackling socio-economic, socio-cultural and security issues in West Bekaa, the training equipped local key civil actors with tools to reflect on crisis and conflict management and resolution and initiate mechanisms for the good of their communities.
The training took on a friendly atmosphere as the youth searched for similarities and common traits in each other’s. They also shared their expectations and what they’re willing to give and take from this training. Each participant got to interact and take part in exercises, live-examples and an open discussion on conflict recognition, analysis, and management and project proposal writing.
“I learned how to think better in times of conflict and use a peace building skills in my daily life.” said participant Mohamad Sweid.
Attendant Amro Omais also explained “this training taught me how to deal better with problems on a professional level and improve my communication skills in order to avoid conflicts.”
During this three day focused training, it was clearly transmitted that humans are naturally different and conflicts are bound to exist. The youth left the training in belief that they are also responsible for creating innovative projects, to take action and promote a peace building and tolerance culture in Qara’oun.