Youths the Beating Heart of the Homeland

Within the framework of its social and cultural activities and with the purpose of disseminating youths' awareness about the importance of voluntary work in building societies, the national civil society association "Souriabtjmana" (Syria Brings us Together) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education recently launched a new project called "Youths, the Beating Heart of the Homeland".

The three-year project, which targets high school students, includes workshops, lectures and dialogue sessions aiming to enhance the culture of volunteering and humanitarian work at schools.  

The activities seek developing the skills of students, encouraging their initiatives, obtaining their constructive ideas and engaging them in useful activities at the individual level and at the level of society as a whole. 

Suzan al-Ruz, member of the Board of Directors of Souriabtjmana, said “social reconstruction is not less important than the reconstruction of infrastructure,” stressing that “youths are the category of society on which the process building and development in the homeland depends.”

She pointed out that the project is being implemented in a number of schools in Damascus and Damascus countryside aiming at reaching as wide category of youths as possible as to boost their skills, encourage their teamwork spirit and benefit from their ideas in carrying out small projects that reflects positively on society.

Al-Ruz, who hailed the Education Ministry’s support for association’s national project, clarified that the workshops being implemented seek simplifying voluntary work and underlining its importance by providing true successful examples. They also aim to explain voluntary activities’ psychological dimension which benefits both the volunteers and the beneficiaries, through consolidating amity and fraternity among the people of the homeland.

"Souriabtjmana" had started the project last year at limited range, but now it is expanding it aiming to cover all the Syrian governorates within the coming three years.

Hamda Mustafa