Life Skills and Citizenship Education Initiative
Middle East and North Africa
مبادرة تعليم المهارات الحياتية والمواطنة
الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا


MA’AN Development Centre


About the Institution: MA’AN Centre’s work is informed by the necessity of creating independent, self-reliant initiatives that lead to the development of human resources for sustainable development, which incorporate values of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. It is an independent Palestinian development and training institution established in January,1989, registered by law as a non-profit organization.  The main office is located in Ramallah and the four branch offices are located in Gaza, Khan Younis, Tulkarem and Jenin.  With a mission to function as a pioneer community development and capacity building organization, with competent and professional staff, MA’AN works in partnership with local, national, and international CSOs and solidarity groups, contributing to the development of an effective Palestinian civil society where respect for plurality, rule of law and social justice are the pillars for a free democratic independent state.

Life Skills-Related: MA’AN Youth and Development programme comprises various training and developmental programs in with the aim of encouraging young people to have a more active role in participating in their communities and becoming the future leaders of Palestine. The problems, interests and needs of youth and adolescents are integrated into all MA’AN’s different sectors in order to create jobs, opportunities and increase the participation of young men and women.

The programme title is Adolescent Friendly Spaces. The main goal of the programme: Development of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) frameworks for life skills education. Thematic areas under which life skills are addressed include: Curricular disciplines (e.g. languages, science, maths, etc.), Vocational disciplines (e.g. carpentry, plumbing, etc.), Health, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, mine risks, other risks, etc, Conflict resolution, civics, etc, and Arts, culture, sports. The main topics through which life skills education takes place in the programme are: Health promotion, disease prevention, HIV and AIDS and sexual/reproductive health, Healthy lifestyle, nutrition, hygiene and safe behaviour, Social and emotional learning and psychosocial support, Drug and alcohol abuse prevention, Disaster risk reduction, Sustainable human development, Participation/rights of children and young people, Combating sexual abuse and exploitation, Civic engagement, Entrepreneurship.