Service learning is valuable to PSD because it allows us to advance sustainability in several areas at once. First, it creates community development as we use community members to identify and address problems. Second, it encourages youth engagement, as it is young people who are the main targets of such programs and are challenged to change their lives and communities. Third, service learning is a form of capacity building, giving youth valuable skills. PSD has put on several service learning activities in the past few months. Here are a few:
In coordination with the Ministry of Education, PSD chose two local schools (Almazinyya and King Talal) to engage 150 students in communication, leadership, and CYD training for 1 hour a week. Afterwards, they revitalized their schools: students went to work cleaning the courtyard, painting walls, and planting trees and flowers.
Junior Police Program
In Nablus and Salfeet the PSD youth groups implemented the idea of the JPP in cooperation with the police and education directorates in the aforementioned districts. In mid-January the program started in schools of Nablus and Salfeet, adopting a peer-to-peer approach which engaged last years' trained participants and their peers.
Ambitious Lawyer Initiative
This initiative, which took place in May, engaged twenty young lawyers who wished to enhance their interpersonal skills. Bader Alhudhud trained participants in collaboration leadership, communication skills, job ethics and community development. At the end of the training the participants were divided into four groups based on university major to develop community initiatives in “Democracy and Human Rights.” Participants then established the winning initiative, a Human Rights Clinic, at the Nablus CLDC to provide younger generations with workshops to raise their awareness of their rights in the community.