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It is part of the program to support pluralism and community cohesion, which aims to promote a culture of diversity and acceptance of the other in the Syrian society, and focuses on the two groups of adolescents and youth of both sexes between the ages of (13-30) years in all Syrian regions.
It works to build capacity through training, empowerment, dialogue and other effective tools to raise awareness of the target group and encourage its members to change their lifestyles, and to form new relationships based on respect and accepting difference outside the framework of familiar social circles.

The project was launched in 2017 in response to a societal need generated by the years of the Syrian war, where the state of isolation, division and the lack of acceptance of the different other increased.
Now, MAUJ is working to achieve the sustainability of a different project that was defined by building on the project outputs, developing its interim goals and the scope of the proposed intervention, to suit the needs of the target group and achieve the institution’s vision of building a plural and cohesive society.

It extends for 18 months, starting in 2020 and ending in 2021.

The project focuses at this stage on the category of Syrian youth between (18-24) years old, who belong to marginalized and unknown communities throughout the Syrian geography, as it seeks to enhance and build their capabilities to work on producing more comprehensive and participatory digital media content and taking into account the Syrian cultural diversity. With the aim of reaching a more just and accepting society for all

Two exercises were completed:

-Training storytelling mechanisms.

-Content creation training.

The first phase was launched with funding from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, with the aim of enhancing awareness about a culture of accepting the other, respecting diversity on social media, and freely expressing opinions without canceling the different other, among adolescents, which are the most use of social media in Syria

This phase of the project was completed over a period of 4 months, from September to December, in cooperation and coordination with 10 local partners working in different Syrian regions:

  • Syrian Researchers, Tarabish Style Band.
  • Syrian pioneering team, Tabibi initiative.
  • My home organization I am your home, we be my community.
  • Sahnaya Interactive Club, U-Rport Syria, SBC.

This phase included 3 activities:

An electronic campaign on social networks that included the production and dissemination of a number of media products in a variety of ways:

  • 34 optical design.
  • 4 media reports on issues:
    Soft extremism and acceptance of the other
    Change behavior with dialogue
    Adolescents' behavior on social media platforms and the role of parents in this
    Young people's view of the issue of gender-based discrimination
  • A short film in Arabic and English about: (Accepting the other and integrating people with special needs into society).
  • A song that aims to enhance the value of cultural diversity and focus on accepting the other religiously different.
  • A documentary film focusing on all project activities.

6 dialogue meetings targeting 160 Syrian adolescents aged between 13 and 24 years, distributed in 6 Syrian regions:

  • Damascus: Mazzeh 86
  • Damascus countryside: Sahnaya, Yabroud
  • As-Suwayda: Shahba
  • Tartous, Lattakia

These areas were chosen because they represent a diversity of cultural, intellectual and political trends, as each region is characterized by a unique peculiarity that is not found among others.

A knowledge material summary of information and data
It was collected through interaction with the content of the electronic campaign on social media and through focused discussion sessions in which the adolescents participated, where the data was analyzed using participatory research methodology and tools, so that the outputs of the activity would be an informative material entitled
''A culture that accepts others - community centers and social networks as an example"

The project succeeded in leaving a positive impression on adolescents, as it contributed to building and developing many dialogue skills by learning and presenting different points of view, working on the method of communicating ideas to others and persuading them, in addition to building capacities to discuss new issues related to the values of democracy, diversity, acceptance of others and rights The human being, which was previously not up for discussion within the environment in which they live

Documentary Project Confrontation Know

Soft extremism and acceptance of the other

Be accepting of others accepting you


Syrian young male & female
dialogue interviews
were held with them


Local partners


Optical design


Media reports