This project involves one-year-long training courses, including study, field visits and practical activities, with 10 – 14 Palestinian refugee/IDP Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and their youth (aged 14 -17). The project is aimed at raising rights-awareness, basic skills and engagement in community organizing, advocacy and campaigning.
Study forms the backbone of the Project as participants come together once, and often twice, a week throughout the year in study sessions hosted by their local participating CBO under the supervision of a facilitator who leads discussion on the study syllabus. The study syllabus is divided into four main sections:
- Historical Background on Palestine and the Palestinian Refugee Case
- Current Living Conditions of Palestinian Refugees around the World
- The Rights of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs
- How do we Defend our Rights?
The participating CBOs also organize independent activities, often in coordination with one or more other participating CBOs. These activities range from exhibitions and film screenings to visits to other refugee camps, educational field trips, and organizing events in their local community to raise awareness about certain issues and/or to showcase the work that students have done. Badil also organizes central activities which involve all of the participants such as Nakba commemoration activities and an annual summer camp. The Project year ends with a graduation ceremony for participants.