Tastakel

GN4C is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with “The Tastakel Women’s Literacy Center”. GN4C role in the partnership consists of support in conducting conflict resolution workshops, contribution to developing a local curriculum, and ensuring financial stability.

 

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In the light of the recent increase in religious extremism in Syria, which curtails women’s rights and creates an atmosphere of violence, Tastakel – a collective of Syrian women of different religious, ethnic, and ideological backgrounds – addresses conflict in Syria through dialogue and nonviolence. Tastakel seeks to facilitate conflict transformation through political engagement, peace building dialogue, and social programming. Tastakel is committed to creating an atmosphere that encourages the effective participation of women in Syria’s political, social, economic, and cultural spheres. Tastakel works towards transforming Syrian society by emphasizing freedom, justice, civic engagement, and female empowerment.

Young women from refugee communities (between the ages of 14-20), living in the lowest income areas in Gaziantep, Turkey, are the least likely to be enrolled in formal education and are the most vulnerable to forced early marriage and extremist recruitment. According to a report by the United Nations University, more than half of Syria’s school age children are unable to access education. In order to address these concerns, Tastakel has established a multi-service center “The Tastakel Women’s Literacy Center”. The goal of the Center is the development of these young women in order to improve their quality of living, lay the foundation for the redevelopment of Syria post-conflict, and decrease vulnerability to forced early marriage and extremist recruitment. Teachers and staff at the Center are chosen from within the Syrian refugee community in order to provide employment opportunities for Syrian refugees and cultivate a strong sense of community. The girls will additionally be empowered through trainings with Syrian Civil Society leaders to create change in their communities.

Among the concrete activities are literacy training in Turkish, Arabic, and English, vocational training (computer literacy, personal finances, commerce), therapeutic group activity, health and hygiene training, law education, training in conflict resolution, negotiation, analytical problem solving, and cross-sectarian engagement, support of education class, and sewing and hand crafts classes.