With Young Social Innovators, Ibtikar provides Palestinian young people with the opportunity to use their creativity to respond to social issues and contribute to building a fairer, more caring, and equal society. To achieve this, we empower and support young people to realize their potential as social innovators, giving them the skills and confidence to tackle the social issues facing them, their communities, and wider society.
The 12-month initiative is a customized capacity building program for school students in Bethlehem district. Students work in teams, explore social issues that concern them, and develop and implement creative responses and solutions to social needs.
Learning is youth-led and value-based, infused with an understanding of human rights, civic engagement, ethics, and contribution to achieving the SDGs.
Ibtikar works with 200 schools’ students (14-16 years old) yearly. Students divided into 20 groups. Each group receives 50 training hours. Sixty teachers are as well targeted through the same program. These teachers receive specific guidance to support the young innovators in developing new practices that respond to our community needs. This, in turn, contributes to improving the quality standards of the educational system in Palestine.