Syrian Government Keen on Reactivating Civil Society

Minister of State for Federations and Organizations Affairs Dr. Salwa Abdullah and members of the board of directors of the Syriac  archbishopric-affiliated Relief and Development Center have debated possibility of carrying out the center's programs during the current year.

The debate, held Thursday, comes within the government's plan to reactivate the role of civil society in the advancement of Syrian society, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency quoted the minister as saying: " Relief and Development Center is a youth initiative that has a long experience in humanitarian work and it has carried out many projects as it has a big number of volunteers in different  fields such as supporting rural woman and offering medical services."

Syria, DRC Sign MOU to Support Social Programs

Syrian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) signed Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding to support social programs in Syria.

The MOU provides for carrying out works related to the development of activities and programs of social care services and to offering humanitarian aid to war-affected persons inside Syria, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency quoted Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Rema Qadri as saying that the MOU includes serious cooperation to empower persons through capacity building programs and rehabilitation of social care centers affiliated to the ministry.

First Lady Meets, Congratulates Winners of Syrian Scientific Olympiad

DAMASCUS- First Lady, Mrs. Asma Al-Assad on Monday met and congratulated the winners of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad, the competitions of which were held in Damascus yesterday.

Though Syria is facing a heinous terrorist war, it keeps encouraging initiatives, distinguished academic performance and innovation.

Earlier in the day, under the patronage of Mrs. Asma Al-Assad, a ceremony was held on Monday at Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus to honor and award the winners of the first places in the final competition of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and IT.

'Tomorrow Belongs to Us' Project Hold Graduation Ceremony for 49 Young Media Trainees

Management of 'Tomorrow Belongs to Us' project has held graduation ceremony for youths who participated in media training course in the presence of Governor of Damascus, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ministers of Information and Higher Education, Secretary of the Baath Arab Socialist Party and several members of parliament and officials.

The ceremony, held recently in the Damascus Opera House, included a scene performed by journalism team working in a virtual television channel plus distribution of certificates among 49 youths, according to the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper, published today.

60 orphans honored in Lady of Damascus Church

Under the banner 'Together on the Path of Childhood', a ceremony was held Tuesday to honor 60 orphans  in the Church of Our Lady of Damascus on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year.

The ceremony was held by the Charity Al-theqaleen Center and the Syrian Phoenix Initiative and it aimed to offer psychological and moral support to children, member of the Phoenix Initiative ShukriMikdad told Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Syrian local opposition groups launch the Damascus Platform

Syrian local and national figures launched ‘the Damascus Platform, towards a comprehensive National Dialogue Conference’.

 The Damascus Platform’s members aim to organize a Syrian dialogue to discuss political solution of the crisis in Syria.

On November 26, About 320 Syrian opposition figures, Members of Parliament, civil society activists and national independent political activists held a one-day meeting in Kaisar Palace Hotel in Damascus.

Secretary General of the National Youth Party Maher Merhej, a key organizer of the Damascus Platform meeting, said to the Syria Times that the Damascus Platform is not an opposition gathering only but it is open for all Syrian opposition and loyalists who believe in political peace process to end the crisis in Syria.

According to Merhej, all participants agreed on the following Syrian national principles

Joint prayer for Syria in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lattakia

Prayers and hymns were performed Saturday evening in the Latin Church in Lattakia city in parallel with joint prayers performed in cities of Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Tartous, Khribat and Yabroud for peace in Syria.

The prayers came within an annual activity held by Directorate of Tourism in cooperation with churches and archdioceses under the banner ‘Bells for Odessa 3’, according to Director of Tourism Promotion Firas Wardeh, who asserted that this activity consolidates amity and victories being achieved by Syrian people and army in Aleppo city and in other Syrian cities.