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Friday, 20 July 2012 15:03

Library

In the Library children from the displacement buildings come to the center to join in various activities implemented through a wide range of techniques.

 

Some of those activities include: reading and storytelling in the library, arts and handicrafts. Approximately 160 books were borrowed and read, in addition to the use of encyclopedias within the center.

Friday, 20 July 2012 15:01

Puppet Theater

During the year 2011, 10 puppet shows were conducted in different locations (Gatherings and UNRWA schools). Around 900 children were shown different shows with different topics (The immigrant fly, Eye Care).

During this year two teams, 1 in Beirut (6 youth) and 1 in the South (6 youth) were trained on puppet show, they were the team who’s performing the puppet theatre throughout the year. 

Friday, 20 July 2012 14:54

Community Development Center - CDC

It is located in the displacement center in Gaza Building 1 in Beirut in the ground floor. It was established in 1998. This centre targets the children residing in the displacement centers of Beirut (Gaza buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4), Al Daouk gathering, Said Ghawash area, Shatila camp and Sabra area.

 

Those children are living in adverse conditions, in which their homes constitute small rooms where six people on average reside in one room. Consequently, those children have no space for entertainment or to pursue a hobby, which is a necessity for any child's healthy growth. 114 children (both males and females) permanently participate in the activities of the centre and they are aged between 6 and 16 years. Other children come to the center for certain events or on vacations.

 

The center's goal is to build a better world for underprivileged children, where the children start to recognize better relationships amongst themselves, adults and the community he/she lives in. This center wants to positively activate the child effectively and to create a psychologically healthy growing environment for the targeted children.

 

Activities of the center:

 

  1. Children activities during summer, spring and winter, in addition to the activities which are programmed every Friday for the children.
  2. Remedial lessons
  3. Women activities, including empowerment trainings, health education lectures, meetings and others.
  4. First aid activities, such as dressings, trainings and meetings
  5. Youth activities, including empowerment trainings, health education lectures and others.
  6. Computer lab which hosts several computer courses.

Library that contains more than 1000 book. 

The project was implemented to improve the students whose performance was considered mediocre or less at their respective schools and at the Lebanese official exams through remedial lessons in English, Arabic, Sciences (Biology, Physics, chemistry) and Mathematics using tuition project preparation and audiovisuals. The project aimed at building the students capabilities and improving their performance in the classroom at an early stage so that they were on the right track with a solid academic base even before sitting for the official examinations at the intermediate 9th level.

 

Two courses took place:

 

1-       The first took place during March- May 2011 for the gatherings: Qasmiyeh Jim Jeem, Shabriha, Adloun, In addition to Beirut Gatherings (Gaza buildings, Daouk, and Said Ghawash).

2-       The second took place during January- March 2011. Students of Beirut Gathering (Gaza buildings, Daouk, and Said Ghawash) only benefited from this course.

 

The Remedial lessons were provided to the students of the 6th grade (One section), 7th grade (two sections), 8th grade (one sections), and 9th grade (three sections). PARD offered those students a weekly schedule of sessions including Arabic, English, Mathematics, Life Science, Physics, and Chemistry.  The schedule was distributed as six sessions daily over six days a week except for Friday where four extra sessions were provided to the 9th grade. Those students undertook Lebanese official exams at the end of the scholastic year (2010-2011).  The 9th grade official exam was done in two terms per year. The total success rate was 90.2% in Beirut and 75.8% in the South Gatherings.

         

 

Objective:

To assist  Palestinian students, enrolled in UNRWA  schools of  Sabra, Shatila and two gathering in the South (Kfar Badda) and (Qasmiyeh) through enhancing their  academic achievement  which will be reflected in their grades and results of official exams at the end of the scholastic year 2010-2011.

 

Number of students who directly benefited in 2011 is 221 students, 131 in Beirut gatherings and 90 in the southern gatherings. They belong mostly to displaced Palestinian families and other poor families living in the surrounding areas. 

 

In addition, most of the students who attended the remedial lessons were more encouraged to continue their education since they noticed the positive effect of those sessions and the fruitful results of their efforts.

 

PARD was assisted by a computer technician to facilitate the set-up and the usage of audiovisuals during the sessions.

 

Social help has been extended for students attending remedial lessons.  This social help has taken the shape of social awareness and follow up for the students who were unable to be committed to their study.

 

 

Grade

No. of students

Gender

Female

Male

6

17

15

2

7

21

14

7

8

15

9

6

9ِ

154

94

60

10

14

9

5

Total

221

141

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Indicators:

 

The project’s progress indicators were collected from the UNRWA schools Head teachers’ feedback who noticed that most of the students enrolled in the remedial lessons project were showing academic progress.

 

In addition, the students who passed official exams, have now chances to either pursue higher levels of education or join good vocational training centers.

 

Evaluation questionnaires were filled by the participant students to hear their voice on teacher's performances, levels of benefit, it there any comments to improve lessons and so on. Results of the evaluation questionnaires show that 89% of students benefited from the remedial lessons. Also, 92% of students said that the remedial lessons covered the short comings of the UNRWA program, while 95% of students said that they would participate in the next set of remedial lessons. 

 

 

Benefits:

 

In terms of benefits, parents were indirect beneficiaries of the program since they saved on paying private tuition fees for lessons provided free of charge.

 

Some other benefits included the high level of cooperation with the directors of UNRWA schools, due to their need to have better rates of success among their students, and their respect for PARD’s performance in remedial lessons. The high level of discipline practiced by the student participants indicated their dedication and trust in their teachers. The constant inquiry of the participant’s parents about their children’s progress indicated their interest in their children’s scholastic progress and their trust in PARD’s performance. The availability of the audiovisual materials (Computers, LCD Projector, Overhead Projector, PowerPoint Presentation, CD’s Programs for Grades 7, 8 and 9, rich images- Animations and audio- Amazing 3D visuals- Interactive exercises) helped in encouraging the students, especially the shy ones, and to raise their self-esteem and to interact to a great extent with their colleagues and to participate during the sessions and at school. Also the library aided the participant’s performance.

 

A student’s progress in one subject also led to improvements in other subjects. For example, a student’s improvement in Math helped them solve physics problems and with their knowledge of English helped them answer science questions so that their knowledge was interrelated. The teachers also noted that students were enthusiastic and preferred the center to school because they had the opportunity to interact directly with teachers. 

Friday, 20 July 2012 14:41

Children Activities

  1. A)Winter Activities:

The animator and the Librarian of the CDC center in Beirut developed together a program of children activities for the winter season, when all children have schools.

 

Accordingly, children of Gaza buildings, Daouk, and Said Ghawash benefited from a program of children activities.

 

The activities included: essay writing, hand crafts, health competition, drawing, painting, open dialogue, and indoor games.

 

The activities took place from January 24 to January 30, 2011. About 50 children benefited from the activities.

 

 

  1. B)Spring Activities:

The animators developed together a program for children activities in the spring vacation. Accordingly, the children of the gatherings of Jim Jeem, Aitaniyah, Qasmiyeh, Wasta, Shabriha, Burghuliyeh, Jal Al Bahar and 4 displacement centers (Gaza building), the areas of Daouk, Said Ghawash and Sabra benefited from a week program of children activities. The activities targeted 80 children.

 

The activities included: essay writing, health competition, sports, drawing, painting, open dialogue, Puppet Theatre and indoor games. All activities were focused on the rationalization of water usage.

 

 

C)  Summer Activities:    

A summer program for two weeks (June) was coordinated by 26 animators. 250 children ages between 7 and 13, from the gatherings: (Jal al Bahar, Burghuliyeh, Aitaniyah, Shabriha, Wasta, Qasmiyeh and Jim Jeem) and 60 children in Beirut (Gaza Buildings Said Ghawash, Daouk and Sabra). A total of 310 children benefited from these activities.

 

The activities included: trips, wood craft making, essay writing, dancing (Dabkeh), hand crafts, health competition and health activities, photography, sports, drawing, painting, miming future career, open dialogue, indoor games, and Puppet Theater.

 

 

D)  Friday activities

The animator organizes entertainment and recreational activities in the CDC every Friday for around 20 children. Beside the entertainment, the activities focus on many issues related to the children such as, health, participation and national activities, etc.

In the South, an average of 15 youth (8 females and 7 males) benefited from a course on how to become active animators for children activities.

 

A four days training included the following subjects:

 

-                  The characteristics of an animator

-                  Plan of action (time, place, daily program)

-                  Internal and external games, songs

-                  Handcrafts

-                  Children rights

-                  Celebrating national events

-                  Relations between animator and child participants

-                  Preparation of tool kits

-                  Basic first aid

 

The newly trained animators were the main animators for the activities which were implemented during the spring and the summer schools vacations. 

Friday, 20 July 2012 14:34

Recreational Activities and Campaigns

  • Three trips to Qasmiyeh River were organized, where around 300 children participated. They were accompanied by 25 animators, 2 first aiders.

 

  • Football match was organized and the youth from the gatherings formed a team and challenged the team of the NPA VTC Saida. The match was played in Saida-4B. 
  • 20 youth participated in the Stop Division March that was organized in April 2011 in Beirut. The youth from the first aid teams participated in the preparation and the conduction of the march.

 

  • 10 youth organised a gallery in the event of Earth Day. More than 70 people from Sabra and the surroungidngs visited the gallery.

 

  • The first aid team in the south commemorate in conjunction with the local community the day of agriculture. This included cleaning the green areas and planting new trees in addition to the rehabilitation of some old trees.

 

  • 8 youth were helping people to get permission to build and rehabilitate houses during May. The assistance included representation of the vulnerable families with the local authorities.

 

  • Cleaning campaign in Shabriha gathering which included spraying insecticides and awareness campaign about Hygiene was conducted by the team of Qasmiyeh with the support of the youth from the other gatherings.

 

  • The team of Shabriha participated in a cleaning campaign for major water reservoir organized in their gathering.
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:25

Raising Awareness on Health Education

Several health awareness sessions for youth were undertaken during 2011, the sessions were conducted by PARD Community Health Workers and targeted the youth in the gatherings and other NGO's centers:

 

A total of 315 youth (74 males and 241 females) benefited from the health education sessions conducted by PARD’s Community Health Workers (CHW). The CHW trained 5 youth from the gatherings to become trainers on Health Education. The new trainers conducted many of the lectures listed here above.

 

Location

No. of participants

No. of Lectures

Subjects

Males

Females

Burghuliyeh

2

24

4

Hazards of smoking, Diarrhea, Fast food, Sun stroke, Personal Hygiene, Proper Diets, Personal Hygiene, Influenza, Diabetes

Jal Al Bahar

4

2

3

Qasmiyeh

6

11

7

Maashouk

5

4

1

Shabriha

6

2

1

Wasta

7

14

8

Naher El Samer

6

2

7

Sikkeh

7

11

6

Kfar Badda

4

3

2

Total

47

73

39

120

 

 

Raising awareness on Reproductive Health:

 

Location

No. of participants

No. of Lectures

Subjects

Males

Females

Burghuliyeh

7

15

12

Genital Inflammations-Menstruation-AIDS-Anemia-Definition of reproductive health-Breast Cancer-Puberty-Physiology of Women-Early Marriage-Dialogue and Partnership in Marriage-Participation in Public life

Jal Al Bahar

-

7

5

Qasmiyeh

-

24

4

Maashouk

5

4

1

Shabriha

6

9

3

Wasta

-

12

2

Naher El Samer

-

7

2

Sikkeh

2

13

4

Kfar Badda

7

14

4

Mar Elias

-

63

2

Total

27

168

39

195

Friday, 20 July 2012 14:18

Training on Empowerment

Investing in youth development is an integral part of any development or social change plan anyone wishes to embark on. Without the youth understanding, involvement and ‘positive’ knowledge to their context the aspirations of a community can be lost or get vague. Therefore, youth persistence and participation is a must but in able to make a significant difference, the youth should be educated and supported.

 

In the south but also in Beirut, different youth groups received empowerment trainings and participated in workshops. The topics of the trainings and the workshops were identified by the youth themselves and facilitated by PARD's trainer.

 

 

The following trainings and workshops were conducted during the year of reporting:

 

 

When

Where

Topic

Beneficiaries

March 2011

Beirut

Mapping

14 youth (males)

March 2011

Beirut

Communication skills

14 youth (males)

April 2011

Kfar Badda

Communication skills

9 youth (males)

April - May 2011

 

Kfar Badda

Shabriha

Wasta

Burghuliyeh

Qasmiyeh

Communication

Planning

Leadership

TOT skills

12 youth (6 males and 6 females)

May 2011

Beirut

Leadership

25 youth (22 males and 3 females)

June 2011

Shabriha

Composting

6 youth (3 males and 3 females)

July 2011

Lower Qasmiyeh

Conflict Resolution

16 youth (10 males and 6 females)

Upper Qasmiyeh

Conflict Resolution

15 youth (8 males and 7 females)

October 2011

Beirut

Code of Conduct & Group work

17 youth (15 males and 2 females)

December 2011

Beirut for 1 from each gathering in the south

Advocacy TOT

4 youth (2 males and 2 females)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six youth groups with a total of 85 youth from six different gatherings in the south benefited from empowerment training sessions and workshops organized by PARD during the year 2011. PARD will provide more focus for the youth groups in 2012 aiming at forming youth committees in the different gatherings.

Friday, 20 July 2012 14:13

Training on Computer and English

In addition to the first aid, PARD conducted English Courses and Computer training (Software and Hardware) as per the request of the volunteers.

 

Where

Topic

Beneficiaries

March 2011

Computer Training (Hardware – Windows and Microsoft word)

10 youth (6 males and 4 females)

April 2011

English Course

12 youth (10 males and 2 females)

 

 

 

 

 In total 22 youth received computer training in 2011. Many of them will receive more advanced training during 2011. Computer training is considered to be as a vocational training for the youth, since a lot of companies and organizations could employ staff only if they are capable of using the computer.

 

 

The Hardware training included:

  • CPU, RAM, ROM, Memory and speed (Bits to Terabytes and the whole thing in between).
  • Storage: Hard drives, DVD, CD      
  • Connections: USB, jacks, RCA etc,
  • Operating systems
  • Installing and cabling

 

 The software training included:

  • Windows
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Photoshop for few members only

 

Besides the Computer training, 12 youth (10 males and 2 females) attended Basic English course. This is to enable them to use the computer and make simple conversation when needed. Together the computer training and the English courses can open many opportunities for youth who are seeking jobs.

 

Both Computer and English courses were conducted in the Community Development Center (CDC) in Beirut. The trainer is a qualified volunteer from AVI. The volunteer spends all his time in the CDC center and provides training sessions to the youth and women groups.

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