Commencing in 2009, the Jordan Red Crescent Youth and Volunteer Unit has been implementing projects with support of the Danish Red Cross (DRC) and Danish Red Cross Youth (DRCY),
The Youth and Volunteer Unit has been supporting and implementing activities in the Irbid, Aljoun, Mafraq, Madaba, Aqaba and Amman Branches. The volunteers at each Branch offer different activities for vulnerable children and youth, including:
Sport and Physical Activities (2009 - 2016)
The “Street Masters” programme has been the main approach to sports, where volunteers implemented fun and free actitivities for the children, close to their homes.
This project aimed to use games and exercises to teach children valuable social skills including team work, self-confidence, trust and mutual respect. The children were able to take a break from their every day lives, participating in fun and interesting activities with volunteers who served as positive role models.
In addition to strengthening the children’s social skills, the drama aspect also focused on helping the children cope with issues at home and in the local community, through simple and fun exercises.
The Jordan Red Crescent also facilitated sports activities at a juvenile centre in Amman. Here the approach was more heavily focused on strengthening the children’s personal and social skills.
Yoga sessions were also provided, targeting young women.
Social Theatre (2011 - 2015)
Social theatre utilised a creative approach, designed to help children and young people deal with their daily issues and challenges through a variety of games, dramas and role plays in a safe and comfortable environment.
Throughout the activities the children and youth had the opportunity to discuss and share their personal experiences and challenges, dealing with the issues in a supportive environment, and learning from each other.
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) - (2011 - 2015)
With the on-going war in Syria and increased violence in countries like Egypt, Libya and Yemen, the JRC and DRC made it one of the main priorities of the programme to create awareness about International Humanitarian Law (IHL), mainly consisting of the Geneva Conventions. The core elements and ideas of IHL are the preservation of human dignity, mutual respect and basic human rights in times of wars.
The approach to spreading awareness about IHL included using trained volunteer educators to provide the children with both a theoretical understanding of IHL and practical tools for facilitating the subject to their peers and others in the local communities.
Homework Cafés (2009 - 2016)
Homework cafés are places where children of all ages could seek free help with their homework from volunteers.
The cafés were free for all, and ideally situated close to areas where the children live, so they can visit the café after school or during the weekend.
In addition to providing much needed help to children, whose parents may not be able to assist them, the cafes also create a space where the children could get to know the volunteers and have fun while doing their homework.
Life skills (2012 - 2016)
‘Life skills’ are a group of empowering skills that enable people to cope with life, its challenges and changes. Life skills support psychosocial well-being, promoting good communication, positive thinking, analytical skills and goal setting, as well as cooperation and coping. Strengthening life skills helps individuals and communities to manage challenges and risks, maximize opportunities and solve problems in co-operative, non-violent ways.
Volunteers were trained to facilitate Life Skills activities with young people in their local community. The activities were all about creating reflection, inspiring dialogue and promoting resilience.
Girls Clubs (2014 - 2015)
In a number of branches the female volunteers established special Girls Clubs that served as a space where girls could participate in a variety of activities together in a safe environment, gaining confidence to address the various issues they may face in their lives.
The activities have included gender workshops (from the Life Skills toolbox), sports and physical activities such as yoga, as well as different practical crafts including wax works and jewellery making.
Road Safety (2010 - 2015)
As a means of combating the increasing number of people killed in traffic every year, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has developed a ‘Road Safety’ tool, designed to inform people about proper road safety and preventive measures. Our volunteers in Jordan presented this tool to school children in fun, inclusive and accessible sessions.
Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) - (2013 - 2016)
One of the initiatives in the program has been the training of volunteers in “Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change”, a peer educator approach designed to empower the volunteers to have a positive impact on their local communities.
In order to spread awareness about important values deriving from the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and empower youth in the local communities, the volunteers facilitated discussion workshops for young people on topics such as non-discrimination, non-violent communication, social inclusion, and empathy and conflict resolution.