Youth Save the Future Society organized the opening ceremony of the training program for building youth capacities in humanitarian work in North Africa and the Middle East - Mitcha, in the presence of many international and local institutions in Cedar Restaurant in Gaza City.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Bahaa Fares, the Executive Director, who stressed that this initiative is in line with the goal of the Youth Futures Foundation, which is to support youth in various situations to achieve their full potential and contribute to the development of their societies. Of the Youth Futures Association, which considers youth to be the main and effective actors with the ability to lead development and positive change within society. As a result, investing in youth is an essential step in building and promoting the sustainable development of Palestinian society.
He also reviewed the initiative to build youth capacities in humanitarian action in the Middle East and North Africa, which is the implementation of the third major action of the Charter of Humanitarian Action, which in turn contributes to the desired transformation of the humanitarian agenda.
The MECA 2019 is the first training program in the Middle East and North Africa and will be implemented in Jordan, Morocco and Lebanon by the end of this year.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. Mohammed Nasr, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke to the international and local institutions supporting and participating in the training program. He thanked all the participants and the organizers of the training program and affirmed their commitment as a youth support institution to the Youth Action Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The opening ceremony also included a presentation and presentation by the coordinator of the initiative / Heba Zaqout, in which all stages of the implementation of the Mitcha Initiative and the mechanism of selection of beneficiaries were presented and what will be useful to the participants in the training program.
The Youth Capacity Building Initiative for Humanitarian Action in the Middle East and North Africa consists of a five-day training program (40 training hours) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Save the Children International, Catholic Relief Services, the Norwegian Refugee Council, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The training program will provide knowledge and skills in humanitarian work. Once they complete the training program, young participants receive six months of continuous support and guidance from the Save the Future Youth Association and the partners in the training program to help them carry out the humanitarian work they are planning and leading themselves.