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May 2, 2011: Middle East and North Africa: Play it Fair! goes international

A five-day Play It Fair! training took place in Lebanon in May 2011. The 18 participants are all educators with organizations working with children in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. This training is a collaboration between the Arabic Network for Human Rights Education and Citizenship (ANHRE), the Academy for Democratic Change and Development Studies and Equitas. Play It Fair! is an innovative program implemented in day camps and after school programs that increases children aged 6-12 understanding of human rights, respect for diversity and peaceful conflict resolution. The Play It Fair! toolkit contains interactive age appropriate activities and games that reinforce the positive values and fundamental principles of human dignity and equality set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The games and activities in the toolkit provide a starting point for children to discuss issues in their lives and work together to find ways to promote inclusion, respect, fairness, acceptance and cooperation. Just before the workshop, four trainers from ANHRE took part in a three-day training given by Equitas whose purpose was to prepare them to lead a training workshop themselves with the youth workers. These training sessions are part of the project “Promotion of harmonious relations and the peaceful resolution of conflicts among children in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.” The aim of this project is to strengthen the capacity of ANHRE and other civil society organizations in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, to ​​undertake training to promote and strengthen the harmonious relations, the human rights, non discrimination and the peaceful resolution of conflicts among children 6 to 12 who live in difficult and vulnerable conditions. The project will enable participants from each country to conduct local training in their respective countries. Three local projects will ensure knowledge transfer to other organizations and will test the Play it Fair! toolkit with children 6 to 12 years in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. This project was developed with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Jordan.

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