CARE implements project to increase participation of Syrian refugees in decision-making

Amman, CARE International in Jordan is implementing a new project entitled “Increasing Life-Saving Protection and Resilience for Refugee and Jordanian Children and Youth through Education on Emergencies and Resilience Strategies,” funded by the European Union (EU) Humanitarian Aid.

Through this project, the agency will establish for the first time CARE’s Child Education Boards (CCEB) for Syrian children in Amman, Zarqa, Mafraq and Irbid.

The initiative aims to increase the participation of Syrian boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 years in decision-making affecting their education and lives in general. This involves creating a national platform that will enable the children to fulfill their needs and desires and discuss possible solutions by having them play an active role in the process.

After a long process of interviewing interested applicants to join the board, which took place between the months of November and December 2018, CARE has selected the Child Board members in all geographical areas, 12 children in each geographical area, a total of 48 members; 24 girls and 24 boys.

Noor Abd Alrahman (11 years) from Syria, said: “I want to open my own education center. And I want to be a voice for all Syrian children. I can draw well and I would like to use my talent to express Syrian children’s wishes.” Noor fled Syria with her family after the war broke out and had to drop out of school for a year to support her family by helping her mother in processing and preparing vegetables to be sold later.

As a next step, CARE will start preparing for the capacity-building activities for the CCEB members on a variety of skills, including public speaking, negotiation skills, human rights/ children’s rights, conflict resolution, group dynamics, foundations of debate, media communication and campaigning, newsletter writing, photography/videography, and other activities.

This all falls under the goal to enhance their social and communication skills, in order for them to be able to express their own needs and represent the needs of all Syrian children with confidence and purpose.

CARE will also be facilitating regular meeting for the CCEB members, where their needs and inputs on education and protection matters within the schools, homes and communities are discussed with a set agenda and an action plan.

It will also support members in developing their initiatives, which can include crucial topics addressing violence in schools and communities, bullying, and other priorities.

Source: Jordan News Agency