Arab Resource Center For Popular Arts /AL-JANA

As we experience a vast division between communities, and as people are increasingly discriminated against because of who they are, or where they come from. The Transforming Shadows project tackled this issue using non-formal youth work practice, and art as a tool for critical social engagement.

Twelve young adults (aged 20-30) from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds from Ireland and Lebanon worked together on the Transforming Conflict project over 10 months, including a full week residential in Beirut, Lebanon. (6 from Ireland and 6 from Lebanon) from: Syria, Palestine, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, rural Ireland and Dublin city. They developed key messages to impart to youth leaders and to empower other young change makers.

Participants present their key messages here as video resources and a companion activity pack.

The project was led by Al-Jana, the National Youth Council of Ireland in partnership with Lebanon. It was supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation. Project partners in Ireland: Bluebell Youth Service and Rialto Youth Project.

Transforming Shadows: A Youth Exchange Project Between Ireland and Lebanon on Conflict Transformation