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Date posted: September 08, 2014
By MIFTAH

Amneh Abu Sbeitan from the village of Jiftlik in the Jericho and Jordan Valley district is amazed at the difference in herself, thanks to the skills she acquired from a training course entitled: “Communication and negotiations skills” organized by MIFTAH. The two-day course was offered to 16 women as part of MIFTAH’s “Small income-generating projects for rural women” with funding from the Arab Fund.

Amneh, along with a group of women from her village, runs a chicken-raising project with the hopes that this project will help to economically empower them and depend on themselves so they can also support their families.

Now, months after their project was launched, Amneh and her colleagues say they can improve on their administration skills because of MIFTAH’s workshop.

“Today I can run the project in a completely different way,” Amneh said. “When we first started, we really didn’t know much, but now we have acquired the skills to run the project and how to communicate with people. Even if we wanted to think about staring a new project right now, we have a much clearer picture on how to go about it.”

Still, Amneh and her colleagues feel they need more training, namely in financial management, which she admits they have very little experience in.

Amneh and the other women however, said the communications and dialogue training had a huge impact on them, giving them an abundance of knowledge, skills and communication methods that they lacked in the past. They were even taught how to negotiate inside their own homes and in their communities and how to connect with people. “The difference in us is incredible,” Amneh said.

MIFTAH coordinator in Jericho Najat Irmelieh said the participants learned ways of communicating and getting their message across successfully. They also learned skills for facilitating a discussion through a group of practical exercises. “Today they are much more convincing when addressing people whether inside their homes or in their community,” Irmelieh maintained.

Fida’ Barghouti, the gender expert who gave the training, said the methods used were mostly based on the participatory approach and the ‘brainstorming method.” It also included presenting photos and some case studies with the aim of better understanding the abilities and potentials of the groups so they could raise awareness and make social changes towards creating an equal-opportunity society.

Barghouti stressed on the importance of linking theoretical knowledge with training skills by following up with the participants in the field so that they could make progress especially on matters that take precedence in their lives. That is to say, the trainers adopted the methodology of learning through implementation to increase the effectiveness of the training courses’ results.

The communications and negotiations skills training is a series of training courses given to 32 beneficiaries in the Jericho and Jordan Valley district. The training is also expected to offer the women additional communication skills between them as teams that promote team spirit and partnership ,with each group comprised of five to six women. The negotiations skills are expected to help the women in dealing with merchants and in the buying and selling process so they can secure their rights as producers without being exploited or marginalized.

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