The center for defending freedom of journalists celebrated the beginning of a new phase of the freedom messengers’ project, the first workshop “team and leadership skills building” targeting a group of freedom messengers’ network. The main purpose of this workshop is to provide the participants with the required training and leadership skills to enable them to supervise new participants in other governorates.
The workshop took place in the Mövenpick hotel – Dead-sea on the 4th-5th of Dec, 2014 marking the commencement of the activities of the 6 months long program, funded by King Abdullah ii fund for development.
The workshop included a variety of training activities on team building, active listening, the difference between participatory and active leadership, social and emotional intelligence in addition to Experiential Training on session management and writing work plans and training methodologies.
The program is considered a 6 months extension to the Freedom Messengers’ network project targeting the youth who believe in human rights and freedom of expression in addition to possessing the talents and skills that can spread these values in both Balqa’a and Irbid governorates.
A 3 days’ workshop is to be conducted later on, in the two governorates for talented youth on human rights issues. Earlier a discussion session on the role of creative change is to be held in the two governorates followed by training session followed by auditions to choose talents that are going to participate in the workshop.
The new participants in the governorates are expected to produce, creative productions such as short films, plays, Arabic rap songs and alternative music that promote human rights and shed light on social problems.
“Freedom Messengers’ is the center’s contribution to supporting the drive to change, in addition to strengthening the values of democracy and human rights” The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists’ Executive President Mr. Nidal Mansour stated.
Another statement was “These trainings are a means to an end to strengthen networking and communication skills in addition to developing youth’s knowledge in human rights, most importantly constructing work plans that reflect youth interest in democracy”.
Adding “The center’s partnership with King Abdullah ii for development aids the continuity, institutionalization and the generation of a creative environment to all participants, most importantly reflecting the fund’s belief in the importance of democratic sustainability and the role talented youth play in spreading the human rights culture.
The Freedom Messengers’ program was initiated in 2004, launching its own network in 2010. A group of crafty journalists from Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan took part in the network, as it continued a new phase that targeted merging creative youth who believe in Democracy and human rights values in Irbid and Salt.