Friday, May 18, 2012

Resiliency and Life Skills International School first workshop

On the occasion of the launch of
The Resiliency and Life Skills International School
Friends of Development and Investment Society / Jarash   (FDIS)
Is honored to invite you to attend the opening of its first workshop:
"Building resiliency in Jordan’s children and youth through life skills education”
On Saturday the 19th of May, 2012 at 10:00 am
At the Princess Basma Scout Camp, Dibbeen- Jerash
(Transportation by bus will be provided from Amman to Camp Site, or please see attached map for directions)
FDIS is launching the Resiliency and Life Skills International School with a short two-day workshop entitled “Building resiliency in Jordan’s children and youth through life skills education”. The two-day workshop will be delivered to 20 marginalized youth in the Jerash Governorate, including street children, child labourers, hard-to-reach rural populations, victims of child abuse and Syrian refugee children. The first of its kind in Jordan, The Resiliency and Life Skills International School was founded by FDIS in April 2012 to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized children and youth in Jordan.

Please see the workshop agenda enclosed with this invitation.
To confirm your attendance please RSVP:
Ms. Ghadeer Nassar, Program Coordinator
Mobile: 0775495053

For more information about FDIS or the RLIS please contact:
Mr. Ali Taha Nobani, FDIS Executive Director
Mobile:  0777849083

Building Resiliency in Jordan’s Children and Youth through Life Skills Education Workshop Program
Day 1: Saturday May 19, 2012
From                To
Opening Ceremony
FDIS team
Coffee Break

Sport activities
Khaldoon Bani Omar: ex player of the Jordanian handball national team
Sharhabil Abu Fasheh

Painting, free expression and discussion

Sculptor Osamah Abu Zaitoon and Poet Ali Taha Alnobani
Children tell stories
Ali Taha Alnobani
and  Fictionist Abdullah Hanatleh
Day 2: Sunday May 20, 2012

Environment in our life,
a dialogue
Ali Alnobani and Ghadeer Nassar
Prevention is better than cure, a dialogue
Abdullah Hanatleh and Ali Taha Alnobani


Assessment and Closing Ceremony
FDIS team

What are Life Skills?

Life skills have been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”. They represent the psycho-social skills that determine valued behaviour and include reflective skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, to personal skills such as self-awareness, and to interpersonal skills. Practicing life skills leads to qualities such as self-esteem, sociability and tolerance, to action competencies to take action and generate change, and to capabilities to have the freedom to decide what to do and who to be.

Life Skills-Based Education (LSBE) has a long history of supporting child development and health promotion. In 1986, the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion recognized life skills in terms of making better health choices. The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) linked life skills to education by stating that education should be directed towards the development of the child’s fullest potential. Expected learning outcomes include a combination of knowledge, values, attitudes and skills with a particular emphasis on those skills that related to critical thinking and problem solving, self management and communication and inter-personal skills.

FDIS’s Resiliency and Life Skills International School will provide training programs for marginalized and vulnerable children and youth in Jordan, with the aim of preventing substance abuse to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Life Skills-based education provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Life Skills-based education promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior, rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of substance abuse.

FDIS’s Resiliency and Life Skills International School is the first of its kind in Jordan, and it will:

§  Teach youth the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
§  Help youth to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
§  Enable youth to effectively cope with anxiety
§  Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
§  Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors


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