Dialogue and Volunteerism Clubs



The project aims to equip the youth with necessary knowledge and skills to be effective partners in the shaping of the future though enhancing their civil practices and values. It also seeks to provide a platform for discussions and exchange of thoughts and develop new mechanisms to impact the youth whether in their school, home or in the community.

The concept behind the School Dialogue and Volunteerism Clubs Project:

The King Abdullah II Fund for Development launched the School Dialogue and Volunteerism Clubs Project in 2014 in implementation of directives by His Majesty King Abdullah II highlighted in the Fourth Discussion Paper to execute and support projects that ensure active citizenship among the youth.


The project was implemented with the aim of spreading the culture of dialogue among students due to its high importance in strengthening the principles tolerance, acceptance of others and respecting their views and coexistence, which plays an important role in curbing negative practices that sometimes emerge among the youth including violence, marginalization of others and provoking them, among others.

Targeted segment:

8th to 9th graders at public school.

Objectives:

  • Equipping the youth with dialogue skills and empowering them to manage differences and accept the different viewpoints.
  • Enhancing values of citizenship and social value among the targeted segment with focus on social and voluntary work.
  • Developing the capabilities of the targeted segments to effectively interact with their communities.
  • Building a network of active youth who are capable of sustain efforts to spread the culture of dialogue and volunteerism in their communities.

Training guide objectives:

  • Preparing students to accept dialogue and creating a proper platform for dialogue among members of the dialogue clubs at schools.
  • Acquainting students with their main rights and responsibilities as citizens.
  • Raising awareness among students on concepts of civil work and volunteerism.
  • Providing students with tools to ensure active participation in the civil state.
  • Training students on skills to be able to identify problems and how to solve them.
  • Training students on how to implement effective development initiatives.

Work Mechanism:

  • Training facilitators and their assistants to effectively and efficiently implement the programme’s activities.
  • Providing an opportunity for practicing several extracurricular activities, which help develop students’ skills to become effective members in their local communities.
  • Training students on how to discuss and address several cultural and intellectual issues, which help improve the conditions at their schools as well as the conditions in their local communities to become capable of dialogue, constructive criticism, persuading others and acceptance of other viewpoints.
  • Designing and implementing voluntary initiatives by students to address issues of concern to their local communities.
  • A training guide was prepared by renowned experts. It consists of 23 training sessions and includes all the tools, mechanism and activities that enable facilitators to effectively implement the programme and positively impact the targeted segment.

Achievements:

  • Training 686 teachers on the training guide of the project as well as on human rights to work as facilitators at schools.
  • Training 88 university students on the project’s training guide and on human rights to work as facilitators at schools.
  • Training 32,000 students over the past three years.
  • The project was implemented in 907 public schools across the country’s governorates.
  • Financing 100 initiatives over the past period that witnessed the direct participation of 2,000 persons and benefitted more than 10,000 others indirectly.

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