• Publication date: November 18, 2015

Spreading their Wings: Syrian YPEERians Train Palestinian Youth in Jordan

YPEERians in Jordan are taking their skills, passion and energy to a whole new level. In 2015, the YPEER network has expanded to include a cohort of highly trained and committed Syrian members who are spreading the word and building the capacity of young people in unexpected places.

YPEERians in Jordan are taking their skills, passion and energy to a whole new level. In 2015, the YPEER network has expanded to include a cohort of highly trained and committed Syrian members who are spreading the word and building the capacity of young people in unexpected places.

Starting mid October till early November, 4 YPEERians from UNFPA and Questscope’s Youth Centre “A Space for Change” in Zaatari camp were given permission to leave the camp in order to conduct Basic YPEER trainings with 2 Jordanian YPEERians for Palestinian youth in Zarqa and Wehdat. The trainings are being conducted at two UNRWA schools for 25 boys and girls in each training over a period of 6 days. On day five of the training, the youth participants will be coming up with the initiatives such as Mural paintings, plays, football games with RH messages and other ideas that they wish to conduct, and then implementing them on the final day of the training.

This is an exciting development as it is the first time for the YPEER Network in Jordan to work with another UN agency and it is also the first time that Syrian YPEERians in Jordan have had the opportunity to train outside the camp. Speaking with one of the Syrian trainers, Ala’a Ghizawi, you can feel the impact of what this experience means to him:

“It is a golden opportunity. It was such a major change for me to get outside the camp and train. To give a training for so many days in one go is a really huge thing for me. It was also a very fast reflection after the Training of Trainers in Humanitarian Settings that I attended at the Dead Sea only two months ago. I never expected to be train so soon afterwards and I never thought that I would ever get to train outside of the camp. It is a new space for me and I am so happy about it. I am trying to share all of the knowledge and experiences that I have, including from the ToT training to the maximum. I feel so thankful to the YPEER network because they do not look at Syrian refugees differently from Jordanians. They treat all YPEERians equally and distribute opportunities equally.”

The areas being covered in the training in addition to the Basic YPEER training content of building the capacity of youth on healthy lifestyles and sexual and reproductive health rights include increasing youth awareness of existing RH resources in the camp through a community mapping exercise that they are conducting. The training also focuses on exploring the concept of youth initiatives and planning the implementation thereof in the camp. The Jordanian and Syrian YPEERians are also addressing cultural tolerance and dialogue in the sessions as well as child rights and the issue of school drop-outs, as requested by UNRWA based on the success of the peer to peer approach. At the end of the training, the 50 participants will become Youth Educators and will raise awareness among their friends and families on what they have learnt.

Basil Nuseerat, another of the Syrian YPEER trainers from Zaatari camp, was equally touched by the experience.  Basel, on the left in the photo here, with two other Syrian YPEERs in Zaatari at the QS/UNFPA Youth Center, had this to say about the experience:

“It is a great training. I even posted a thank you on Facebook to Questscope and YPEER for this once in a lifetime opportunity. My love and experience in YPEER has grown out of this. When I went outside and started to train I did not feel like a refugee but rather as a YPEER member. I felt like I am YPEER regardless of who I am in reality and that it doesn’t matter where I come from.”