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Schools Across Borders: This project aims at developing the concepts of human values and tolerance among teenagers from 8 schools in the old part of Hebron city, and later exchanges of letters and videos of daily issues of an average Palestinian child with their peers in 20 children schools in Ireland (Dublin and Belfast). Annually, group of 13-15 Palestinian children travel to Ireland to meet their peers as part of their informal education sessions. Through this project, the children are able to express and share their thoughts and ideas with children the same age in Ireland.

Strategic Alliances: IPYL frequently networks with national and international organizations in an effort to cooperate on youth initiatives. Current linkages exist with the Youth Development Department in Palestine and Baladna in Israel. IPYL has also collaborated with international peace and youth networks, including Youth Action for Peace, Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service, Mediterranean Youth Forum, Alliance, Intercultural Cultural Youth Exchange, Service Civil International and INFOYOUTH.
IPYL membership around the world: IPYL is a member organization with the following networks and platforms.
Youth Action for Peace

Avenue du Parc Royal, 3, Brussels 1020, Belgium.

Tel: +32 (0)2 478 94 10
Fax: +32 (0)2 478 94 32

E-mail: info@yap.org

Web: www.yap.org
United Network of Young Peacebuilders
Javastraat 58, AR 2585, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Tel: +31 70 364 7799

Fax: +31 70 362 2633
E-mail: info@unoy.org
Web: www.unoy.org
The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

P.O.Box 732, Alexandria 21111, Egypt.

Tel: +20 3 4831832

Fax : +20 3 4820471

E-mail: info@euromedalex.org

Web : www.euromedalex.org


Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service

CCIVS, UNESCO House, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris, Cedex 15, France.

Tel. : (33.1) 45.68.49.36

Fax. : (33.1) 42.73.05.21

E-mail: ccivs@unesco.org

Web: www.unesco.org/ccivs/


Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, Secretariat

AZ 0001, Azerbaijan, Baku, Jafarov Gardashlari str. 16,

Tel: (+99 412) 492 11 52, 492 32 23

Fax: (+99 412) 492 21 67

Email: info@icyf.com

Web: www.icyf.com


INFOYOUTH

C/O INJEP, 11 rue Paul Leplat - 78160 Marly le roi - FRANCE

Tél : +33 1 39 17 27 27

Fax : +33 1 39 17 27 06

Email: info@inforyouth.org

Web: www.infoyouth.org


Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente

114 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France

Tel: 0033 1 45 44 48 25

Fax : 0033 1 45 44 57 13

E-mail: info@nonviolence.fr

Web: www.nonviolence.fr

Association for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel

Maison des Associations, 15, rue des Savoises, 1205 Geneva, Swizerland.

Tel: 0041 223201573

Fax: 0041 223201573

Email: secretariat@odspi.org

Web: www.one-democratic-state.org .

Palestinian Network for Youth Associations

C/O Juhoud for Community & Rural Development, Birzeit-Al-Kherbeh, Issa Abu Daieh Bldg, 3rd Fl, Off. 6, P.O.Box: 67460, Salah Deen St, Jerusalem

Tel.:+ 972-2-281-1629,

Fax: + 972-2-281-1831


Palestinian Youth Resource Center

Al-Ersal street, Zahret al-Masaif Building, P.O.Box 1353, Ramallah, Palestine.

Tel: + 970 2 2951025/6

Fax: +970 2 2951027



IPYL departments and sections:
Administration and management: Mr. Adli Daana/ Secretary General at: Adli@ipyl.org

Project development and fundraising: Ms. Sara Valerio/ Projects Manager at: saravale80@gmail.com

Information and correspondences: info@ipyl.org

Workcamps, long term voluntary service and youth exchanges department: workcamps@ipyl.org / exchanges@ipyl.org / ltv@ipyl.org.

Training department; Media, human rights and democracy: Mr. Bilal Salameh/ trainings coordinator at: bilal@ipyl.org.

MedHebron project (media and democracy) at: info@MedHebron.net.



IPYL Current board of directors: The current board of directors for IPYL are:

Mr. Adli Daana/ Secretary General

Ms. Georgette Habashi/ Treasurer

Mr. Imad Hamdan/ Deputy Secretary General

Mr. Wassim Khazmo/ International Relations

Ms. Kifah Emreish/ Procurement committee

Mr. Mazen Jabari/ Projects and networking

Mr. Jawad Neiroukh/ Public and Community Relations



For correspondence:

International Palestinian Youth League

Jaffa Street- Isra’ Bldg. – 5th floor

P. O. Box 618

Hebron, Palestine

Tel: +972-2-2229131 or + 972-2-2215586

Fax: +972-2-2290652

E-mail: info@ipyl.org

Website: www.ipyl.org




OUR ACTIVITIES 2006




VOLUNTEERING

Long-Term Voluntary Services – Outgoing
IPYL placed one long-term volunteer in a project in France:
- Ramzi Mohtaseb (Hebron): Three months voluntary service (June 10 – September 09) with our partner organization “Concordia” in an exchange titled “Rencontres des cultures” in Escalqueurs (Haute-Garonne)
Long Term Voluntary Placements - Incoming
- Eloise Ettedgui (France): one-month voluntary service at IPYL from (January 15 – February 20).

- Japanese Doctor (Japan): three month at Al-Ahli Hospital from (March 16 – June 13).

- Theatre group (Italy): 2 Italians from the Italian Theatre group produced a show called "Hamlet theatre" in Hebron between the period of 9th September and the 7th of October 2006.



Workcamps – Incoming

- Due to the political situation in Palestine during 2006, IPYL organized only one regional international workcamp. The camp took place according to the following program:

- IPYL 049: From December 12 – 25, 16 participants (12 international, 4 local) gathered in Hebron. The workcamp was organized in cooperation with Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC); the volunteers participated in agricultural work in the mornings and during the afternoon participated in cultural field trips.




INT. SHORT TERM ACTIVITIES



Youth exchange called “The Czech Mediterranean" in Liberec, Czech Republic from 13-22, January 2006. The Participants were from: Czech Republic, Malta, Turkey, Greece, and Palestine. There were 6 participants from each country, 3 boys and 3 girls. The six participants from IPYL were Adli Daana, Mazen Jabari, Bisher Shaheen, Neda Abu Hamdeieh, Georgette Habashi and Lubna Hanna.
International seminar called “The India- Palestine and Egypt Exchange for Creating and Strengthening Links for Community Development and Advocacy for Youth” in India from 15-24, February 2006. The participant from IPYL was Majid Hijazi.
International seminar called “Enhancing active citizenship through volunteer work in Euro-Med context” in Tartu, Estonian National Museum Exhibition House from 22-25, March 2006. The two participants from IPYL were Majid Hijazi and Majdi Dana.
Training course hosted by Europe Youth Centre and Swedish Institute, called “Arab-Euro Training Course in HRE in Alexandria” in Alexandria, Egypt from 1-9 April 2006. The participant from IPYL was Dina Jabari.

Training seminar with our partner organization "Circolo Culturale Africa" (in Italy), called "Mare Nostrum" in Ancona, Italy from 4-9, April 2006. The four participants from IPYL were Ghareeb Daana, Bilal Salameh, Iman Tamimi and Iman Shalaldeh.

Training seminar organized by CCIVS called “Cultural Diversity and Voluntary service: International solidarity or diversity consumption” in Kostelecke Horky, Czech Republic from 4-10, April 2006. The participant from IPYL was Ramzi Mohtaseb.
Training course hosted by Fekete Sereg Youth Association called “Let us find Euro Med Rhythm" in Nagyvazsony, Hungary from 26th April to 4th May 2006. The IPYL participant was Majid Hijazi and Majdi Dana.
Preparatory meeting in Lyon that took place between the 1st and 4th of May 2006 with Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN) about a summer exchange. Majid Hijazi represented IPYL in this activity.
Preparatory Meeting hosted by ISIS Berlin called "Acting in Concert" in Berlin, Germany, from 4-8 May 2006. The IPYL participants were Adli Daana and Majid Hijazi and the responsible contact people were Jochen Schäfer and Elisabeth Kahn.
Training seminar A “Citizenship seminar” that took place between the 6th and 10th of May 2006 in Santa Marinelle (Rome), Italy. Mohammad Tawfik represented IPYL on the prep team.
Preparatory Meeting took place on the 17th of May 2006 for a seminar called "Human Rights Education and Intercultural Learning in a Euro-Med context" in Mollina, Spain from the 1st to the 8th of October 2006. Bilal Salameh represented IPYL in this meeting.
Seminar: IPYL, YDD and Baladna organised, a centralized YAP project with the support of the Euromed Youth Programme of the European Union. Seminar called "Peace Perspective in the Middle East"; it took place in Bethlehem, Palestine from 21 - 25 May. 2006. 

During the seminar, an intensive socio-political introduction was presented to the participants in addition to a review of the previous "frameworks" and an attempt to come up with an analysis of the different factors that brought us to the current situation. Following this, meetings with engineers of some second-track initiatives took place. Beyond that, meetings were held with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists who may work beyond the political planning process.

The seminar offered an overview of Israeli and Palestinian societies, with guest speakers from different backgrounds. Then there were presentations of the different agreements and alternative peace plans that have been created over the years, and an analysis of why they have failed. Then participants gained the opportunity to see the reality on the ground, mainly in and around Jerusalem, one of the core issues in the conflict. We will also visit several Israeli and/or Palestinian actors who advocate for change through their grass-root activities.
The seminar was coordinated by Youth Action for Peace, an international voluntary service organisation founded in 1923 and active in the Middle East for decades. Locally, the activity was implemented by the International Palestinian Youth League, Palestinian branch of YAP, and the Youth Development Department of the Arab Studies Society / Orient House, with the support of Baladna, Organisation for Arab Youth, and the YAP branch in Israel.

Preparatory meeting for an exchange called “Stars and Idols” which took place between the 1st and the 3rd of July 2006, in Erfurt, Germany. Majid Hijazi represented IPYL at this meeting.
Youth exchange called "Violence is not a solution! Towards an international civil intervention force" in Lyon, France from 3-13, July 2006. The four participants from IPYL were Bilal Salameh, Majid Hijazi, Tareq Tamimi and Majd Beltaji.

International youth exchange called “Volunteering for Human Rights” in Igoumenitsa, Greece from 10- 22, July 2006. This exchange project included forty participants from Spain, Poland, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Greece. The four participants from IPYL were: Ghareeb Daana, Said Alkhatib, Adawiya Albeltaji and Aysar Jaradat.

Training seminar with the organization “The Cultural Association for Youth Work and Training” (in Portugal), called “Art in Human Rights Education" in Ermesinde, Portugal from 20-27, July 2006. The participant from IPYL was Imad Hamdan.
International youth exchange called “The Intercultural Exchange Program” in Naxos Island, Greece from 21-31, July 2006. Twenty-seven people from Poland, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Greece attended. The Greek group had six participants and the other countries had three participants each. The three participants from IPYL were Ghareeb Dana, Shadia Dana and Jihan Jubeh.
International youth exchange called “Star & Idols!” in Erfurt, Germany from 6-16, August 2006. Eight children (ages 15-18) from France, Morocco, Palestine and Germany and two trainers from each of those countries attended.
Training course called “How to better accompany volunteers in reintegrating their social environment after a long-term project" that took place in the European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France between the 24th and the 29th of September 2006 Montaser Abo-Khalaf represented IPYL at this course.
Seminar hosted by Lunaria (Italy) called “Women across the Mediterranean sea (patterns of co-operation and solidarity between tradition)’’ in Bari, Italy from 28 September to 4 October, 2006. The IPYL participants were Majid Hijazi, Georgette Habashi and Nida Abu Hamdeia.
International Seminar called "Human Rights Education and Intercultural Learning in a Euro-Med context" it took place in Mollina, Spain – from 1-8 of October 2006. Haitham Tamimi took part in this activity.

Expert meeting titled "Network Capacity Development Project" for the United Network of Young Peace Builders; the activity took place between 16-21 October 2006 in School, The Netherlands. Adli Daana was the representative of IPYL. 

Trainers meeting on nonviolence in Middle East. An activity of the project: “Support for Middle East civil organizations that call for a non-violence strategy for the transformation of the conflicts in the region”, the activity took place in Amman between 29th October until the 1st November 2006. Adli Daana took part in this activity.

Contact making seminar called “Medi-Terra - An Island Amongst Religions” held between the 2nd and 8th October 2006 in Malta and organized by Hamrun Youth Initiative Association (HYIA). Bisher Shaheen and Noor Abu Umar represented IPYL in this seminar.

Euro-Med seminar called “The role of research in youth policy and youth work development in the broader Euro-Med context”, organised within the framework of the Partnership on Youth between the Council of Europe and the European Commission; it took place from the 27-30 November 2006 in Cairo, Egypt. Mazen Jabari took part in this activity.

Training Course called (Above & Beyond National Identity – Empowering Regional Identity through Regional Cooperation, from the 4-10 of December 2006. Majid Hijazi took place in this activity as a trainer.
Study visit (a centralized YAP project), in Jordan and Lebanon between16th - 23rd of December 2006. The representatives of IPYL were Adli Dana, Mazen Jabari, Jawad Neiroukh and Manar Idris.


CCAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

MED Hebron

Activities within the MedHebron project conducted at the Media Centre through the “Democratization from the Grassroots" in Hebron district.

Activity: Workshop on democracy and Human Rights Issues n. 18

Number of participants: 30 (12 women) - Target group: collective of university students

Place and Date: Media Centre 23/3/2006

Topic covered: Political participation. The importance of social, political, and economic participation and its relations with the development of the country. How important is it to involve citizens in the local decision making process? Analysis of case studies: municipality Roma XI and the experience of Porto Alegre.

Assessment of the results of this activity: The participants became motivated to increase their involvement in local decision- making and to promote active citizenship. In addition, the participants formed a discussion group in order to further the content of the workshop beyond its completion.
Activity: Workshop on democracy and Human Rights Issues n. 19

Number of participants: 30 (12 women) - Target group: collective of university students

Place and Date: Media Centre, 24/3/2006

Topic covered: Topics covered included: Civil Society and democracy in the Middle East, the broad concept of civil society (brain storming], the relations between civil society and democratic institutions, and the relationship between state and society.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Results related to the participants: Acquisition knowledge of the mechanisms of the civil society organizations particularly concerning the relations between state and civil society.
Activity: Workshop on democracy and Human Rights Issues n. 20

Number of participant: 33 (13 women)


Place and Date: Media Centre 25/3/2006

Topic covered: Youth and Leadership through non-conflict resolution perspective. Use of non-formal education techniques (role play), to examine the role of leader and try out the processes of decision making, mediation and interest-based negotiation. Debriefing of the simulations supported with theoretical conclusions on non-violent resolution techniques

Assessment of the results of this activity: Acquisition of knowledge on non-violent and conflict resolution skills for the management of dynamics which characterize groups and organisations.
Activity: Workshop on democracy and Human Rights Issues n. 21

Number of participant: 36 participants (7 women)

Place and Date: media Centre 29/4/2006

Target group: policemen and woman in Hebron district

Topic covered: Human rights according to international and local laws. Historical background of human rights development according to different cultures in the world: differences and similarities. The discussion groups focused on Palestinian rights under Palestinian authority monitoring.

Assessment of the results of this activity: It was challenging to choose such a target group, but participants appreciated the workshop which gave them new understanding of human rights, also for the case of the prisoners detained in Palestinian jails. For most of them it was the first time they attend such a workshop. 90% of participants said this will be useful for improving their work and life-style.
Activity: Workshop on democracy and Human Rights Issues n. 22

Number of participant: 28 participants (12 women)


Place and Date: Media Centre, 30-31/09/2006

Topic covered: The use of theatre as a tool to explore the concept of identity for victims of abuse and social injustice. The workshop tried to supply participants with tools to apply towards social change in their community.

Assessment of the results of this activity: First day, morning: the theoretical part focused on experience of the participatory tool of social theatre. Afternoon: Participants tried to answer to questions such as ‘What is conflict?’; ‘How is it created?’; ‘What is at stake?’, “How are people affected by the conflict”, and the participants were asked to describe a personal experience which they remember.

Second day: participants were involved in small theatre sessions and experimented by themselves with the concepts analyzed during the first day. At the end of the workshop participants met with the theatre group created after the first exchange between the civil society representatives and had a common session on the results which could be achieved with the instrument of theatre.

It was a challenge to incorporate very different persons (different age, gender, background) and create the right spaces of trust, but the sessions were very clear and participatory and the facilitation was done carefully. Participants appear to be very interested in the topic and some of them joined the following session realized by the theatre group for the performance “Hamlet in Hebron”.
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.12

Place and date: Hebron, Municipality of Tarquomia, 1 day, 1/01/2006

Title: The elector and the election’s law: operations, steps, meaning

Number of participants: 50 (8 women)
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.13

Place and date: Hebron, Hebron University, 1 day, 18/1/2006

Title: The elector and the election’s law: operations, steps, meaning

Participant: 32 (21woman)
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.14

Place and date: Surief Village, Municipality, 1 day, 21/1/2006

Title: The elector and the election’s law: operations, steps, meaning

Participant: 60 (16 women)

The voting campaign covered the period before the Palestinian parliamentary elections, and focused on motivating people to vote in elections through understanding the Palestinian electoral law and on explaining the importance of participation.



Topics covered: Electoral procedures and ballot rules. Comparison between the past electoral laws and the newly approved one.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Public awareness about current electoral law and its change over time. Acquisition of elements of analysis and evaluation for the presidential elections. Increase in the local debate about the election and the importance of exercising the right to vote. 20% of the participants were involved in the elections as local observers. Most of the organizations were present at the meeting organized by themselves and it was a public meeting in their place and a series of activities related to elections.
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.16

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 1 day, 15/1/2006


Title: Open Discussion about the role of political parties in the election and candidates’ programs.

Number of participants: 30 (11 women)

Topic covered: how political parties can act better for complying with different tasks such as communicating with their members, representing their constituencies, organizing their internal affairs and securing sustainable funding. Open discussion with three candidates at the parliamentary elections: Jamal Allshomally (Independent List), Abed Alalim Dana (PFLP representative), Ghassan Alkhateeb (Independent)

Assessment of the results of this activity: Representative democracy cannot function without alternative parties and candidates to vote for. Political parties are crucial in aggregating interests, presenting political alternatives, nominating candidates, and forming a link between the voters and those elected.

Reactins of the participants: participants had the chance to meet politicians and discuss with them on a neutral platform. Many questions were raised and the participation level in the discussion was quite high. The workshop intended to fill the gap that exists between the political class and the people.
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.17

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 13 May 2006

Number of participant: 41 participants (12 women)

Topics covered: Formalization of the Palestinian Government. Discussion about the political faction's programs and implementation. The crisis deriving from the formalization of the government based on a democratic system, analysis of the actual situation.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Participants agreed that the crisis between political parties should be solved by the adoption of a real democratic system which should depend on the understanding the national interest not the political parties interest.

Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.18

Place and date: Al Houl Village, 18/5/2006

Title: The Refugee Rights: living conditions, citizenship and right to vote

Number of participant: 60 participants (9 women)

Topics covered: The rights of refugees according to United Nations resolutions. Analysis of the 181,194, 242 Resolutions. The role of Red Cross and of the United Nations. Discussion group on the living conditions and right to vote of the Palestinian refugees in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.19

Place and Date: Hebron, al Quds University 21/5/2006 - Target group: Student

Title: the international results of the Palestinian parliamentary election and its effects in Palestine

Number of participant: 48 participants (20 woman)

Topic covered: The European and American position after Hamas victory. Reasons of boycotting of the government and effectiveness of democracy.

Assessment of the result: Participants tried to understand the motivation behind the choice of the international community but did not find an agreement on the proposed reasons. They could go deeper in the analysis of democracy effectiveness and the discrepancies between democracy in theory and democracy in practice.

Activity: Voting Rights campaign/Meeting with local community n.20

Place and date: Al Aroub refugee camp, 9th of September 2006


Title: A national unity government?

Number of participant: 43 (10 women)

Topics covered: The national unity government proposal. Open discussion.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Confrontation of participants on this sensitive topic, exchange of ideas, proposals, and discussion of problems. Eventually the national unity government proposal was considered as a way to persuade the world to ease the embargo that it imposed on the PA when Hamas took power. Participants acquired new elements of analysis and evaluation. In addition participants improved skills of debate and methods of dealing with the expression of multiple and contradictory viewpoints.
Activity: Voting Rights Campaign/Distribution of leaflets published by the Central Committee of Elections.

Place and date: Hebron City, Hebron Refugee Camps, Villages

Title: Voting Right Campaign

Topics covered: Information about electoral registration, electoral rules, voting rights, and importance of the vote.

Assessment of the results of this activity: About 20.000 people were reached by the information material published by the Central Election Commission and distributed within the framework of the project.
Activity: Meeting with local community n.21 – showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Al Fawar Refugee Camp, 31/08/2006

Title: The rights of Palestinian children

Number of participant: 40 participants (16 women)

Topics covered:

- Vision of the movies realized within the Media Centre: “Good Morning Habibi” and “Living in Hebron: violation of children rights”

- setting up on photographic material realized in the Media Centre

Open debate with the participants concerning the rights of children and violations of these rights.

Activity: Meeting with local community n.22– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Media Centre, 26/08/2006

Title: Early Marriage

Number of participant: 45 participants (15 women)

Topics covered: Screening of the movie within the Media Centre on the issue of early marriage. Open debate with the participants.
Activity: Meeting with local community n.23– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Media Centre, 19/08/2006

Title: The wall

Number of participant: 41 participants (17 women)

Topics covered: Screening of the movie within the Media Centre.
Activity: Meeting with local community n.24– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Media Centre, 23/08/2006

Title: Women’s Rights

Number of participants: 44 participants (12 women)

Topics covered: Screening of the movie within the Media Centre on Women’s Rights. Open discussion.
Activity: Meeting with local community n.25– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Women Centre, Old City of Hebron, 03/09/2006

Title: life in Hebron, civil society

Number of participant: 44 participants (16 women)

Topic covered:

- Vision of the movie “Living in Hebron: civil society” and discussion about the possible forms of active citizenship/local involvement

- Display of photographic material in the Media Centre

Activity: Meeting with local community n.26– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Media Centre, 10/09/2006

Title: youth in Hebron

Number of participant: 45 participants (12 women)

Topic covered: Screening of the movie “Music!” and discussion about the condition of youth in Palestine (focusing on the situation of the old city)
Activity: Meeting with local community n.27– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Al Houl Village, 17/09/2006

Title: elections in Palestine

Number of participant: 38 participants (11 women)

Topic covered: vision of the interviews realized by participants on the elections and discussion about it, focusing on the actual situation
Activity: Meeting with local community n.28– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Media Centre, 05/09/2006

Title: poverty and social network in Palestine

Number of participant: 45 participants (15 women)

Topic covered: Showing of the documentary “tekia” in the Media Centre and discussion about poverty and social networks in Palestine.
Activity: Meeting with local community n.29– showing of Media Centre productions

Place and date: Al Aroub Refugee Camp, 16/09/2006

Title: refugees

Number of participant: 37 participants (13 women)


Topic covered:

- Documentary on the situation of refugees shown in the Centre, open discussion about the changes in life and rights of refugees since 1948

- set up photographic material in the Media Centre for display and discussion.

Activity: Meeting with local community n.30– showing of media Centre productions

Place and date: Doura Village, 21/09/2006

Title: The Wall

Number of participant: 31 participants (8 women)

Topic covered:

- Vision of the documentary “The wall” and analysis of the development of the wall: the case of Doura

--setting up of photographic material in the Media Centre
Activity: Media Workshop n.31

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 4th -24th January 2006

Title: Prisoners` rights in Israeli jails (radio workshop)

Number of participants: 5 (2 women)

Topic covered: Technical part: introduction on Radio and the new technologies (Minidisk use, interviews making, radio track editing with Audition, radio text editing, voice recording, and mixer use). Thematic part: Situation of Prisoners in Israeli jails: research and discussion.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Capacity to work independently and as a team. Participants were very motivated because of the immediate possibility of listening to their production on the web site. Good group feeling: participants decided to proceed with another production using the equipment of the media Centre.

Material produced: production of a 8 minutes radio program in Arabic, published on the MedHebron web site, production of a 18 minutes radio program on Prisoners.


Activity: Media Workshop n.32

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 4th January 2006 – 24th January 2006


Title: Minority rights: Refugee’s condition in Palestine (radio workshop)

Number of participants: 6(4 women)

Topic covered: Thematic part: Palestinian refugees’ conditions. Technical part: Introduction on Radio and the new technologies (Minidisk use, interviews making, radio track editing with Audition, radio text editing, voice recording, and mixer use).

Assessment of the results of this activity: Results related to the participants: acquisition of basic knowledge on refugees rights. Facing through interview on the field situations and histories of refugees, participants get to know better the conditions of refugee in Palestine and learn how to deal with sensitive issues, like personal histories.

Material produced: production of an 8 minute radio program in Arabic, published on the MedHebron web site.


Activity: Media Workshop n.33

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 4th January 2006 – 26th January 2006

Title: The importance of Memory (advanced radio workshop)

Number of participants: 6 (2 women)

Topic covered: Thematic part: Old Palestinian people memory- interviews

Technical part: advanced elements of radio productions.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Participants enhanced their previous knowledge of creating and producing a radio program. Awareness raised about the importance of memory and of its role in construction of history. Team working and knowledge sharing.

Material produced: production of a 8 minutes radio program in Arabic, published on the MedHebron web site

Activity: Media Workshop n.34


Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 22nd – 28th January 2006

Title: Right of Education and Organizations of Students (intensive radio workshop – II level/ follow up of the professional training course)

Number of participants: 8 (5 women)

Topic covered: Advanced theory and practices of radio production. Theme chosen: the right to education in international law and its frequent violations in the occupied territories. The importance of student networks for overcoming the closures of schools and universities.

Assessment of the results of this activity: All the participants already had some experience in the field of radio productions (gained during workshop in the media Centre, mainly in the professional training course) therefore they focused more on the resolution of doubts and questions left pending from previous courses and exercises they carried out by themselves inside the facilities of the Centre. The workshop gave participants skills necessary for setting a standard format for short radio programs, and makes them outline an independent production on the chosen topic. It helped also participants to structure their planning and implement a decision-making processes. The topic was discussed within the group with the support of the trainer, who gave the perspective of international law in education matters.

Material produced: the group, notwithstanding the e-support of the trainer, did not manage to finalise the radio program on Right to Education and Student Associations.
Activity: Media Workshop n.35

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, February – March 2006

Title: Elections (video workshop)

Number of participants: 7 (2 women)


Topic covered: Palestinian elections.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Participants got to know how to cover sensitive and actual topics (such as the Palestinian elections) and to create a short documentary based on interviews. They debated a lot on the issue of democracy and elections during the workshop, nevertheless were able to cover all sides of the issue in the documentary itself.

Material produced: video on Palestinian Elections
Activity: Media Workshop n.36

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, February – March 2006

Title: Alternative vision of Democracy (video workshop)

Number of participants: 6 (3 women)

Topic covered: different visions of democracy from theory to practice, potentials and obstacles. How media represent democracy, ways of representing ideas through video. Practical exercises on pre-recorded material.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Most of the workshop was dedicated to the discussion between participants, first on their ideas of democracy and after on the preview and subsequent analysis of the material recorded in workshop nr. 29 “Representation of Democracy”. They debated on the content of the interviews and on the way used for expressing it. Participants learn how it is possible to work on pre-recorded material, and how to overcome the difficulties in cutting the material without changing or influencing the content in the interest of making free and independent documentaries.
Activity: Media Workshop n.37

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 27th February – 16th March 2006

Title: Working in the Media Centre (video workshop)


Number of participants: 13 (5 women)

Topic covered: meaning of democracy from the grassroots and importance of everyone’s active participation.

Assessment of the results of this activity: Participants were more involved in the Media Centre project. They had the chance to discuss the meaning of grassroots democracy, the difficulties in a context like Hebron and its relevance. Participants decided to create a spot about the media Centre in order to advertise it in a more effective way.

Material produced: spot about the media Centre
Activity: Media Workshop n.38

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 8th June – 11th July 2006

Title: Web design – pilot phase (basic web design workshop)

Number of participants: 5 (2 women)

Topic covered: internet as a way of free communication and as an instrument for the diffusion of new ideas in close context – creation of web pages

Note: the workshop is the result of the request for collaboration with the Provincia of Genova. During a meeting with the beneficiaries realized within the second local authorities’ exchange, some people asked for such a workshop to be held in the Media Centre. Therefore, once back in Italy, the representative of the Provincia of Genova started looking for a suitable person and proposed to SCI some possible names of volunteers who could hold the workshop.


Assessment of the results of this activity: The students realized examples of HTML and PHP pages with the following contents:

- an HTML and PHP reference guide

- examples of simple websites

Participants accepted enthusiastically the proposal of the trainer to teach participants of workshop nr.39. This proposal has been made in order to ensure continuity to the Media Centre activities and a more active participation in them.

Activity: Media Workshop n.39

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 11th July – 17th August2006

Title: teaching to teach: Web design – advanced phase (web design workshop)

Number of participants: 9 (3 women)

Topic covered: web page creation

Assessment of the results of this activity: The technique of asking previous students to teach appeared to give fruitful results for both students and teachers. Teachers improved their communication skills, team working and strengthened their knowledge on the newly-learned topic. Students were more motivated and less inhibited by the language (most of the lessons were in Arabic). A positive confrontation between teachers, students and the trainer also developed on the topic to include in the web pages.
Activity: Media Workshop n.40

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 31st May – 31st July 2006

Title: Digital Video Storytelling I(video workshop)

Number of participants: 7 (4 women)

Topic covered: Exploring the elements of storytelling through the use of digital video technology – storytelling as an instrument of self-exploration and confrontation with the others – discussion on the topic of poverty and social networks.

Assessment of the results of this activity: During the workshop each student developed its own story, which he/she filmed with the help of the other students. This helped in the creation of teams and skills sharing. At the end participants agreed on choosing only one story for working together on its analysis and editing. The chosen story regarded a kind of “new-old topic”, the system of “tekia” in the old city, which allowed a further discussion on the importance of social networks as a means of solidarity.


Material Produced: video on the system of “tekia” in the old city of Hebron
Activity: Media Workshop n. 41

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 19th June – 17th August 2006

Title: Digital Video Storytelling II (video workshop)

Number of participants: 11 (4 women) – target group: teenagers

Topic covered: how to raise the awareness of a young audience concerning the right to study.

Assessment of the results of this activity: the target group chosen was particularly challenging. The decision of working with teenagers came from the proposal of a school teacher who asked for a collaboration with the Media Centre. Participants learn how to develop a story from A to Z. In particular they chose to tackle the issue of the importance of education focusing on speaking from youngster to youngster. The production realized is a very funny short story which shows the background of the lesson and the final spot realized.
Activity: Media Workshop n. 42

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 16th August – 14th September 2006

Title: awareness’ rising spot (video-animation workshop)

Number of participants: 6 (2 women)

Topic covered: using the software “Adobe After Effects 7.0” and “Adobe Photoshop” for the composing, and “Final Cut”. How to realize a short spot in graphic animation “TV style” to raise people’s awareness about participation in the society and electoral participation.

Assessment of the results of this activity: This workshop opened a discussion about the possible way of raising awareness and increasing dialogue on sensitive topics, such as participation in the society and electoral participation. The animation spot as an example of conveying a simple but meaningful message to a wider number of people. Participants encountered some difficulties in following the technical part of the workshop, because they were not familiar with the software, therefore the discussion focused more on the thematic part than on the technical one. Participants show a deep interest in the technical part as well and proposed to continue their technical training in a future workshop.


Material produced: animation of the media Centre logo (to be used for further production)
Activity: Media Workshop n.43

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, 21st August – 24th September 2006

Title: life of refugees (video workshop)

Number of participants: 5 (2 women)

Topic covered: history, memory and actual situation of Palestinian refugees living in Al Fawar refugee camp

Assessment of the results of this activity: Through direct interviews participants were better able to understand and get a sense of the reality of Palestinian refugees and the conditions in which they are living in. Participants learn the techniques to create, build and edit a documentary.

Material produced: Realisation of a short documentary\reportage about the reality of refugees (in Al Fawar refugee Camp), created and discussed with the people attending the workshop.
Activity: Media Workshop n.44

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, September 2006

Title: Youth and marriage in Palestine (Radio workshop)

Number of participants: 5 (3 women)

Topic covered: the problem of early and imposed marriage in Palestine

Assessment of the results of this activity: Participants engaged in a deep discussion about the proposed topic, while acquiring the technical skills for realizing a radio-fiction. They experimented how it is possible to touch a sensitive issue in a smooth way, in order to raise awareness in a broader public.

Material produced: Realisation of a radio drama about the imposed marriage in Palestine, from a comical point of view. (in Arabic)

Activity: Media Workshop n.45

Place and date: Hebron, Media Centre, September 2006

Title: The common goods: water sources (Advanced Radio workshop)

Number of participants: 5 (3 women)

Topic covered: the common goods, economic rights – access to water as a right for everyone

Assessment of the results of this activity: Water supply is a major problem in the MENA region. Israel has illegal control over and a monopoly on the drinkable water in the OPT which causes great distress, hardship and unnecessary health concerns for Palestinians.

Material produced: Realization of a short production about the access to water, created and discussed with the people attending the workshop (in Arabic).




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