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In recognition of World Youth Day and within the frame of Civic and Democratic Youth Participation Program, implemented jointly by AIC- P and Action Aid- Palestine, a voluntary day was arranged in Ubediya Village to contribute in improving the internal environment of the secondary school in the village. The activity was implemented in coordination with counseling department at the ministry of education- Bethlehem and the youth group in the town with whom the organization works. Both Manal Issawi, the coordinator of the youth group in Ubedeya and Ahmad abu- Hania, Youth Program Coordinator at AIC- P, contributed noticeably in coordinating the activity in which 40 yout activists participated and took place on Saturday 21/8/2021. The participants drew graphics on the internal and external walls of the school containing educational and national slogans. Additionally, the surrounding of the school was cleaned and the group will visit te teachers to congratulate them for stating the new school year and distribute some gifts among them. The AIC- P is planning to conduct a similar initiative in Beit Sahour in cooperation with AIC- P Friends Committee .

On Saturday 14/8/2021, Alternative Information Center- Palestine, conducted the sixth training day of the training course: Political Media. The training was conducted by journalist Rana abu Farha, journalist at Maan News Agency. The training included brain storming and practical preparations to conduct media interview addressing mainly body language and well preparation before and during interview. Likewise, the training included practical exercises such as role play in conducting media interviews. Trainees presented their work during the role playing and received feedback from the trainer as well as from colleagues in the form of open discussion.

The fifth session of the Political Media course, implemented by the Alternative Information Center in partnership with ActionAid Palestine, focused on rights and human rights in journalistic work. Kite, train, helium balloon, airplane. The youth were trained on these tools by working in groups... Also, a focus was placed on many concepts, terms, and conventions and how to take them into account in human rights media work. The next session of this course will focus on employing these tools in digital media, and accountability skills.

Within the frame of the Project CIV, implemented in partnership with Action Aid, AIC- P concluded on Saturday, 31st of July 2021, the third training workshop of the Political Media Training Course. The workshop, in which 17 activists from Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates are involved, started by quick revision of the previous workshop that was about writing news items and newspaper articles. The revision was facilitated by the Youth Program Coordinator, Ayed Houshia, and break ice exercise led by Amjad Anabtawi, a trainer at GPP. Following that, trainer Ahmed Taqatqa conducted practical training for participants about the principles of photography and recording videos using mobile. The training focused on the principles of photography (three dimensions and focal points), lightning triangle, secrets of photography using mobile, and recording/ editing video using a cell phone camera. The workshop was closed with a practical exercise where participants applied the learned skills practically and produced short videos. Additionally, participants are distributed among groups where each group should produce a one-minute video about an issue of their interest to be sent to the AIC- P for publishing later on after being revised by the trainers.

Within the frame of the project Democratic and Civic participation of youth, implemented by the Alternative Information Center- Palestine, in cooperation with Action Aid, the second course of Media Training was commenced on Saturday, July, 24th 2021. The training was attended by 17 youth participants from Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates. Participants started the training with an ice-breaking exercise conducted by activist Ahmed Taqatqa and then moved to be trained practically on the components of the news item. Trainees were introduced to the features of news items and the characteristics of the headline as well as the sections of the news story. Likewise, the six levels of listening (listening, interpretation, response, remembering, understanding, and evaluating) were examined among participants to help in better implementing the training. The training included a discussion with participants and concluded in requesting trainees to write a news item to be discussed in public on the level of participants. The training was facilitated by Ayed Houshia, Youth Program Coordinator in addition to receiving Nassar Ibrahim, executive director of AIC- P who introduced participants to the features of a newspaper article and the difference between it and the news item. The next training day, scheduled next Saturday, will focus on Mobile Photography and Video Production.

    Within the frame of the Project Youth Political and Civic Democratic Engagement and in partnership with Action Aid, AIC- P launched the political Journalism Training Course on Saturday 17/7/2021. The training was attended by 15 youth activists from Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates and was commenced by writer Nassar Ibrahim, AIC- P Executive Director, and Ayed Houshia, Youth Program Coordinator. The meeting highlighted the history of media work, political media, and media framing.

The current trainingis the first day in a series of 6 training days (for a total of 30 hours) that AIC- P will accomplish shortly, as part of its work to create a group of human rights defenders in Palestine and utilize youth energy to promote their rights and the national question. The proposed training will focus on the practical practice of media work including writing news stories, videotaped interviews, digital media, manage interviews, and human rights media. The next training will be delivered by an expert and will focus on the practical steps on how to apply right based approach in media work.
A workshop on the identity and idea of the Alternative Information Center AIC Palestine On the initiative of the Center’s Board of Directors, a brainstorming workshop was organized this evening, Thursday, July 1, 2021, on the identity, thought and strategy of the Alternative Information Center - Palestine. It was attended by members of the General Assembly , young volunteers and experts in project writing, and was facilitated by Wisam Al-Shweiki, Director of the Global Training Forum in Action Aid Palestine The workshop began with a simple introductory activity, followed by working in interactive groups to monitor strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks, while the second and third parts of the workshop were devoted to an extensive discussion about the nature of the center and the most prominent stations and critical criteria in its history since its establishment in 1984 until now... The workshop enriched the interventions, ideas and questions from the participants. At the end of the meeting, the facilitator Al-Shweiki stressed that the outputs of this workshop are considered as a basic building block, upon which everything that is strategic and vital will be built in the future and will advance the center and give it the character of a social movement with a progressive approach, which constitutes one of the levers of community work with youth, political elites and gender. It is worth noting that the Alternative Information Center Palestine is one of the centers concerned with the political and cultural issues of Palestine.

. Within the program of civil and democratic participation for Palestinian youth joint with Action Aid - Palestine, the Alternative Information Center - Palestine organized on Sunday, June 27, 2021 a seminar within the program of fake borders, in which the writer and former prisoner, Amir Makhoul, spoke. He spoke about the socio-political reality of the Palestinian society in the 48 areas. The Israeli policies famine the Palestinians in this society, which focused for decades to separate them from their Palestinian and Arab depth. And a continuous attempt by Israel to change the awareness of the masses of 48 about their national and national identity. This has been the course of their struggle for decades to preserve this identity in a harsh conflict with the Israeli colonial state. Amir touched on the recent events that formed a cumulative model of a long struggle in the involvement of these masses in the issues of their people, especially what is happening in Jerusalem because of its symbolic and importance to all Palestinians. At the end of his lecture, which was conducted via the zoom technology, he answered the questions and interventions of the participants, especially the youth.
With Eng. Abdul Hadi Hantash, member of the Land Defense Committee, in the presence of a number of young men and women from Bethlehem and Hebron governorates.

Today's workshop was in the nature and focused on the environment and colonial control over the natural capabilities of Palestine ... Presented by Professor Mazen Qumsiyeh, who hosted us today at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity, where he gave a full explanation of the occupier’s control over the country's resources, the most prominent of which is water. The Institute's vital departments of strange seedlings, seeds and wild plants .... This activity comes within a series of training and political education sessions that the Alternative Information Center Palestine is implementing in partnership with Action Aid for the fourth year in a row ... The activity was attended by 18 activists from among the young volunteers in the south cities of West Bank Bethlehem  and Hebron .

The Youth Project Coordinator Ayed Houshia  visiting the youth group in Nahhalin, meeting with youth activist and Mayor of the municipality, Fadia Najajreh, discussing the fourth year plan of the CIV program, examining the training needs of the youth  group, and the upcoming initiatives that will be implemented. The meeting was coordinated by the activist Aseel Najajreh, and the youth program official at the Alternative Information Center Palestine Ayed Houshia

On February 7, the first training workshop for 2021 on political and social education was held under the title (Democracy and Palestinian Elections). Which was held in the hall of Ibadaa center - Deheisheh. Taking into account the health prevention measures through social distancing and wearing masks. The workshop was part of  the program of promoting civic and democratic participation of Palestinian youth between the Alternative Information Center - Palestine and Action Aid - Palestine

The workshop was attended by 25 young men and women from the program groups from different areas of Bethlehem and Hebron governorates. In the presence of Wissam Al-Shweiki and May Al-Qaisi from Action Aid Foundation and Nassar Ibrahim, Ayed Hosheya, Ahmed Abu Hania and Ahmed Jaradat from the Alternative Information Center - Palestine.

The workshop was opened by Mr. Ayed Hosheyeh, the program coordinator, with a welcoming speech to the attendees, noting the importance of the title proposed for discussion at this stage in Palestine, where dialogues are taking place between the Palestinian Political  Forces on their various lines about the elections after the approval and issuance of the Palestinian President, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, the decrees of the legislative and presidential elections and the National Council.

Mr. Nassar Ibrahim, Director of the Alternative Information Center - Palestine, and in an introductory speech to the workshop, spoke about the democratic process and election , indicating the concept of democracy as a theoretical and historical concept and its practice in reality, politically, economically and socially in general. Then he turned to the Palestinian reality with its specificity, as part of the Palestinian people reside in Palestine and the largest part in the Diaspora and Refugee Camps, and what this carries in terms of complications regarding any elections, especially the National Council, which represents all Palestinians, and what is taking place at this stage in terms of preparations for the elections, and the state of discussion and attention among Palestinians at the level of Palestinian political forces and civil society institutions. He stressed that this workshop comes within the political and social education program of the AIC-P  and Action Aid Foundation - Palestine, in order to create a state of interaction, brainstorm and exchange of ideas, and to deepen discussion on this issue, especially among young people, as they represent the importance in Palestinian society as all societies.

This was followed by dividing the attendees into four groups, each group discussing a specific title related to the topic of the workshop:

- The first group discussed the difference between the institution, the democratic process, the electoral process, and the parliamentary institution.

-The second group discusses the political challenges that govern the electoral process in the Palestinian reality, the difference between the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Palestinian National Council, and how to link them.

- The third group: the influence of external forces and conditions on the Palestinian elections and their goals.

- Fourth Group: Social and service challenges and goals that affect the Palestinian elections.

An open public discussion took place at the level of all attendees about the answers, conclusions and opinions of each group in the title that they were interested in. A discussion also followed about the conditions and factors that enhance the role of youth in the democratic process.

In conclusion, the workshop was evaluated by the attendees, who emphasized the importance of what was discussed and the need for attention and focus on this issue, especially at this stage, and the generalization of organizing similar workshops in different regions, and mobilizing the largest possible number of young men and women to engage in it to enhance their awareness to be a force Active and influential in the Palestinian political and social life.

A number of AIC & Action Aid Palestine crew members and volunteers participating in a protest supporting rights of people with disabilities in Bethlehem today’s morning with the participation of many institutions
  1. Trainings: Workshops, seminars, courses, tours and field visits to learn about the social and political issues facing Palestinians and in particular Palestinian youth and other minority and/or marginalised groups within Palestinian society.
  2. Voluntary work: Reviving the concept of voluntary work through development and support for youth-led field initiatives.
  3. Joint initiatives and exchanges:Creating and sustaining a platform on which diverse Palestinian populations, including Muslims, Christians and refugees, young women and men can meet and learn together, overcoming social, religious, gendered and geographical divisions that currently keep them apart and help to sustain stereotypes and limited understandings.
  4. Meetings with political parties and NGOs: Facilitating exchanges with Palestinian youth, who will learn about these social forces and how to hold them accountable.
  5. Public events, media work: Encouraging Palestinian youth to share their problems, ideas and solutions with the wider Palestinian public, opening up discussions and avenues for exchange.
  6. Public advocacy campaigns: Transforming the knowledge, understanding and relationships gained into wider advocacy campaigns to impact and benefit both youth and Palestinian society as a whole.

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