Jordan | Fareeqi
Partners: Generation Amazing Foundation, Ministry of Education (MoE)
GFP vehicle: Sport For Peace
Years: 2022 – 2023
Launched in September 2022, the Fareeqi Programme was implemented through a collaboration between GFP, the Generation Amazing Foundation (GA), and the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Jordan. The Programme aimed to merge GFP’s Sport For Peace curriculum with GA’s Football For Development activities in 10 schools across five governorates in the Kingdom.
The kickoff of Fareeqi activities involved two youth football tournaments in September 2022. These activities played a significant role in tackling issues like bullying and exclusion among students while promoting values of diversity, including gender equality and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.
Implemented over the course of eight months, the Programme benefitted 20 teachers who facilitated Sport For Peace activities for 800 students in selected schools, and 240 additional students through the Fareeqi tournament.
The Target Group showed a 39% increase in their communication skills amongst each other.
This was measured based on TG members expressing their improvement in communication skills amongst each other.
The Target Group showed a 35% increase in their ability to solve problems in their daily lives.
This was measured based on TG members expressing their ability in solving problems better.
The Target Group showed a 43% increase in tolerance and improved interpersonal acceptance.
This was measured based on TG members expressing improvement in their interpersonal skills and increase in acceptance amongst each other.
The Fareeqi Programme expanded my understanding of diversity and the importance of accepting others and their viewpoints, irrespective of their cultural backgrounds or nationalities. It also helped me develop various life skills that will benefit me personally and professionally.
I used to be very introverted and shy, and I was afraid to interact with girls I didn’t know, especially since I am from Syria, I felt that my peers were distant and different from me. But when I started interacting with them through the Programme, I found them kind, positive, and engaging. Now, we are all together.
Being part of the Fareeqi Programme gave me the confidence and ability to interact with my students more like friends. The Programme served as a source of motivation for many girls at the school.
A story of change
From Shy to Shining: Ruba’s Story
Originally from Syria, Ruba Al-Hariri is a 13-year-old seventh-grade student at the Al-Qadisiyah Elementary School in Irbid, Jordan. Shy in nature, Ruba decided to join the Fareeqi Programme in 2022, hoping it would help her integrate with her peers.
The Fareeqi Programme, implemented by Generations For Peace (GFP) and the Generation Amazing Foundation (GA) in strategic partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, was launched in 2022 to enhance social cohesion and strengthen protective factors among students in 10 schools across Jordan. By merging GA’s F4D approach and GFP’s Sport For Development and Peace model, the Programme trained schoolteachers with skills to empower their students and strengthen respect, cooperation, and appreciation of diversity among them.
“The Programme activities gave me the chance to express myself freely,” Ruba explains. Her teacher had received training on GA’s F4D approach and GFP’s Sport For Peace model before introducing new activities to students to enhance respect and strengthen bonds between them. Like Ruba, many Syrian students experience exclusion at school. The Fareeqi Programme allowed them to overcome their differences and bond with each other through sports activities.
“Our teacher gave us the opportunity to help design the activities and give our personal input, which helped me express myself more and show my personality to the girls around me, even those I didn’t know well or those I was intimidated to interact with initially,” Ruba says. “Many things changed within us; for example, we became better at dealing with each other, solving our problems more effectively, and there was a kind of love among us that wasn’t there before,” she explains.
The Fareeqi Programme was implemented in schools across the Kingdom where there are many Syrian and Jordanian host community youth to help them find new ways to integrate. The Programme also addressed gender inclusion and inclusion of persons with disabilities to bring youth together and foster a sense of community between them. Through the Fareeqi tournaments in September 2022, students from all ten schools came together in Amman to play football.
“We had a lot of fun, cooperated, and encouraged each other. It didn’t matter if we won or lost in the activity; what mattered was that we enjoyed ourselves and felt connected,” Ruba explains. Over 800 students benefitted from the Fareeqi Programme, which equipped them with the tools they need to continue passing on the positive impact.
“I used to be very introverted and shy, and I was afraid to interact with girls I didn’t know, especially since I am from Syria, I felt that my peers were distant and different from me. But when I started interacting with them through the Programme, I found them kind, positive, and engaging. Now, we are all together,” Ruba concludes.
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