Dossier: More Than A Talkshop
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The project aims at sensitizing young people between 16 and 18 for the uniqueness of Lebanon's political system. Similar to a Model United Nations (MUN), the project work results in organizing a two-day simulation of the Lebanese parliament, thereby pursuing a threefold objective:
- generating interest for current political, societal and economic issues
- generating understanding of the complexity of Lebanon's political system, thefunctioning of parliamentary work and, by consequence, the vital necessity of politicalnegotiation and compromise
- generating incentives for innovative and creative solutions to these problems by actively enquiring young people's views and interpretations of political issues
In this respect, the project wishes to sensitize young people to the need for issue-oriented, pragmatic solutions. It hence seeks to make young people realize what unites them as active citizens across religious and confessional frontiers. It thus also helps them understand Lebanon's political system and, by consequence, the concrete practical repercussions it has on citizens' everyday-life.
In order to introduce youth to the parliamentary process and the dynamics of political negotiation, four parliamentary Committees were simulated : The Committee for Human Rights, The Committee of Environment, the Committee for Women and Children and the Committee for Media and Communication.
The whole project was implemented in Arabic, the official language of the Lebanese Parliament.