BEIRUT: The National Youth Service Week organized several training workshops for teachers, activity directors, school administrators, and leaders of youth organizations. Its aim is to train participants on planning and implementing sustainable service projects.
The events took place from February 27 until March 4 in many different areas in Lebanon including Saida, Beirut, Baakline and Koura, monitored by Dr. Patricia Nabti and Mrs. Sanaa Hassan.
The National Youth Service Week is a campaign that was launched in Lebanon in 2016 to promote, support and recognize youth service to society. It was built on the foundation of Lebanon’s celebration of “Global Youth Service Days.” Registered youth in this campaign will have volunteering opportunities that break down social barriers like age, religion, abilities/disabilities and geography. They will develop and improve the quality of their jobs to become capable of social responsibilities.
Children, adolescents and young adults (ages 5 – 25), have the chance to participate in the National Youth Service Week as group service projects and not individuals. Participants must plan and implement service projects through schools, universities, clubs, scouts, youth groups or as a group of friends. Groups are not to exceed 25 members and official dates are set for participants to submit their projects. Registration deadline is on March 25.
Further, the coordinating committee of National Youth Service Week doesn’t fund any of the submitted projects, so participants must find their own funding from their institutions, sponsors or donations. Groups are to fill the online Pre-Project Form, meeting the deadline of submission listed in the schedule available on the website (http://www.nysw-lebanon.org/NYSW_PreProjectForm).
This pre-registration process aids the NYSW Coordinating Committee in providing media coverage and in preparing certificates of participation. Then, after completing phase one, groups must fill a Post-Project Form. Participants are asked to submit several types of pictures including, group pictures, action pictures, before-during-after pictures, long distance – midrange – closeup pictures and personal story pictures. For recognition, event groups are asked to bring along an e-poster or a handcrafted poster as part of the Post-Project Form.
The recognition event takes place within a month after the National Youth Service Week, including an exhibition of the project posters, recognition of the youth contributions to the community, distribution of certificates and honoring exemplary projects. Certificates are distributed based on meeting certain standards, such as submitting a complete Pre-Project Form, implementing the service project, and submitting a complete Post-Project Form, all within the deadline listed.
Furthermore, National Youth Service Week has set sustainable development goals to be taken into consideration through every project. For instance, one of those goals is ending poverty in Lebanon. This is done through collecting food, clothes, shoes and furniture and donating them to unemployed Lebanese and Syrian refugees. Another goal is to end hunger and achieve food security in the hopes of improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. This is done through awareness campaigns about food security and nutrition, along with collecting food from parties and restaurants and distributing them for those in need.
The list goes on to also include promoting wellbeing, ensuring high quality education for everyone, achieving gender equality, ensuring water management and sanitation, giving access to affordable modern energy, promoting economic growth, building resilient infrastructure, reducing inequality, making cities safe, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, combating climate change, conserving oceans and seas, protecting terrestrial ecosystems and managing forests, combating desertification, promoting peaceful societies, providing access to justice, building effective institutions at all levels, and finally, strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing global partnership.
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