Training course has been organised in the province of Idlib to train young people in conflict resolution and leadership.
The northern regions of Syria have been some of the most fragmented politically, socially and militarily throughout the civil conflict in the country. It is now home to a broad range of political and military groups that control various parts of the north, especially in the now isolated Idlib Province.
The training courses in conflict resolution in dialogue aim to foster a culture in which current and future disputes may be resolved through peaceful means. The course was entitled “Together for a better tomorrow” and consisted of three core aspects: conducting dialogue sessions, conflict resolution, and mediation.
“This training includes many mechanisms, plans, and strategies that can contribute to the preparation of dialogue sessions through the trainees who have gained the skills to deal with such sessions. Moreover, trainees learned the mechanisms and ways in which they can direct problems and conflicts in society, how to deal with these problems, and where they can start to solve these problems or conflicts”, said Waseem Shamdin who ran the training session in the outskirts of Idlib.
Participants who attended the session admitted to the need for training in the art of dialogue. They believe that the youth in Syria are lacking in skills related to healthy dialogue across political and social lines.
“We have learned to promote a culture of dialogue and peace-building. Young people here lack this culture. We have greatly benefited and have gained information on how to conduct dialogue or debate and how to solve a problem or dispute taking place here in this region”, remarked Ibrahim Mousa, a participant at the training session.
Idlib Province has been a rebel stronghold throughout the Syrian conflict, however it has also been home to the several bouts of infighting between rebel groups. These training sessions have arisen from a context in which assassinations and defections between rebel groups have become prevalent.