In collaboration with BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in Palestine, MASMF conducted a training in Saida for female trainees, which included skills in short story telling and mechanism of photography. MASMF’s training was simultaneously conducted with the trainings held by Badil in Palestine that included trainees from historical Palestine, Gaza and the West Bank. The project aimed to enhance women’s presence in the public sphere and activate their participation in various aspects of life by highlighting the stories of refugee women. The project also aimed to enhance women’s capabilities in the field of media, storytelling and documentation.
Transforming Living Histories: Oral History and Multimedia
As a follow-up project of the former training “Oral History A-Z “Multiple Narratives of the Lebanese Civil War” Forum ZFD and MASMF collaborated on giving this online training during the Covid-19 epidemic, which explored ways to work with the past through the power of oral history and contemporary media.
Oral History A-Z “Multiple Narratives of the Lebanese Civil War
In partnership with Forum ZFD, MASMF, conducted a 6-8 week training titled “Oral History A-Z: Multiple Narratives of the Lebanese Civil War” for (social) media activists and those using (social) media as a vehicle of change, all from different backgrounds. The training provided the participants with a comprehensive introduction to Oral History theory and praxis, and also featured sessions on identity, active listening and multi-perspectivity.
The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation (MASMF) was established as a non-governmental organization in 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon. Its mandate consists of empowering young Palestinians in the media field especially those who live in refugee camps and gatherings in Lebanon, and the surrounding countries and those who live under Israeli occupation.
MASMF has conducted several journalism trainings in the different Palestinian camps in Lebanon and elsewhere with high caliber Palestinian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Italian and American-Mexican trainers. Hundreds of Palestinian refugees, and tens of Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptians residing in Lebanon benefited from the trainings.
MASMF has cooperated with numerous local, Arab and international NGOs, institutions and universities (i.e. Birzeit University, Palestine, Concordia University, Canada) to conduct these journalism trainings.
Funders & Supporters of MASMF
- Tawasal NGO, Jordan-Lebanon
- The Media Development Center at Birzeit University, Palestine
- Taawon Lebanon (Welfare Association), Palestine-Lebanon
- M Qattan Foundation (through Selat program in Lebanon) and in partnership with the Prince Clause Fund, Palestine-Lebanon
- Concordia University (through Project SOMEONE), Montreal, Canada
- Forum Civil Peace Service/forum ZFD Lebanon, Germany, Lebanon
- BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Palestine
- Aidoun Center for Refugees, Lebanon and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
- Nuwat Association, Ayn el Helweh camp, Saida Lebanon
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