Participants and organizers of the tool fair 2018. (The Daily Star/GIZ, HO)
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A group of young people from Lebanon have a few ideas.A year ago, German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) trained 20 young Lebanese people on how to create tools to foster social participation. In June, the group presented 12 of these tools at Lebanon's first National Tool Fair, organized by GIZ in collaboration with Salto-Youth EuroMed, a non-formal youth learning initiative within the EU's Erasmus program.Samhoury, a Lebanese-Palestinian educational mediator at Teach for Lebanon and a master's student in education at the Lebanese American University, says the game seeks to build mutual understanding among different social groups, such as refugees or people with disabilities.According to Samhoury, every tool presented at the fair had an emphasis on social participation.Samhoury stresses that formal education on its own does not encourage social skills like respect and empathy, so non-formal education initiatives need to be integrated into classrooms.
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