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UNIC Beirut partners with youth-led NGO in Lebanon on literacy project for refugees

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31 August 2017
UNIC Beirut partners with youth-led NGO in Lebanon on literacy project for refugees
During the months of July and August 2017, UNIC Beirut provided support, coordination and training services to international youth-led NGO AIESEC in Lebanon, on a literacy project entitled “MyBookshelf: Language and Cultural Program for Refugees.”

The “MyBookshelf: Language and Cultural Program for Refugees” project concluded in a festival involving 40 international and local youth volunteers and up to 200 refugee school students aged 7-14, to celebrate cultures, after six weeks of activities, training workshops, games, cultural and language exercises. AIESEC also distributed certificates and reported about the project achievements.

AIESEC’s Project Manager Laura Al-Bast said, “Over the course of six weeks, young individuals from nine different countries and from seven different Lebanese universities, committed to providing literacy lessons and psycho-social support to kids who do not know how to read or write.” She added that this may seem like a small action, but small actions ripple big.

UNIC Beirut solicited expert interventions from ESCWA and UNHCR, who provided training on SDGs and on reporting on refugees to the volunteers. The sessions highlighted the 2030 Agenda and the Together Campaign. The youth volunteers applied their knowledge with the refugee children, where they conversed with students on development, culture, peace and the SDGs. In addition, volunteers and students wrote reflections, took photographs and shared their experience on social media, spreading awareness of SDGs and of the values of tolerance, respect, and diversity.

AIESEC is a youth led not-for-profit organization that works on peace-building and leadership through cultural exchange programs. The MyBookshelf project is under the umbrella of AIESEC’s Youth 4 Global Goals initiative (#Youth4GG) and mainly targets SDGs Four (Quality Education) and Sixteen (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). Its purpose is to enhance English language fluency through cross-contextual learning and cultural activities, while also breaking stereotypes and stigma, and contributing to cultural understanding and peace.