14 DEC 2018
During the opening ceremony and official launching of the vocational training program
Safadi Foundation graduates the first batch of trainees
At the Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Institute
Safadi: to enroll Tripoli in the extensive economic plan set by the government
Under the patronage and in presence of the Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Dr. Malik Al-Shaar, Safadi Foundation graduated the first batch of trainees at the Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Institute. The graduation was held during the official launching ceremony of the Institute and its first project: “Accelerated Vocational Training for the Economic Integration of Tripoli Youth”, funded by the Regional Development and Protection Programme in the Middle East-RDPP, to develop the youth’s vocational capacities, and economically integrate them, by creating job opportunities in Tripoli and the North.
The opening ceremony of this institute, which was established within Safadi Foundation’s program to revive the old city’s society and economy (ROSE Program) in Tripoli, was attended by the Mufti, HE Archbishop of Tripoli and North Lebanon Edouard Daher, the representative of the Minister of Education and Higher Education Marwan Hmedeh-Head of the Vocational and Technical Education Sector Tony Rashed, the representative of the Minister of Labor Mohammad Kabbara-Dr. Sami Radi, MPS: Mohammad Safadi, Ahmad Fatfat, Ahmad Karami, the representative of HE Najib Mikati-Mr. Abdulrazzaq Qarhani, the representative of former Minister Raya Hasan-Engineer Hassan Danawi, the representative of General Ashraf Rifi-Mr. Saadeddine Fakhouri, former Chief of Supreme Shari’a Court Sheikh Nasser Saleh, Head of Tripoli Waqf Sheikh Abdulrazzaq Esambuli, Tripoli Mayor Ahmad Qamareddine, El-Mina Mayor Abdulqader Alameddine, Director of Tripoli Port Ahmad Tamer, Director of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects Hajj Taha Naji, President of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Tripoli – Lebanon Bassam Ziadeh, the representative of the Head of the North’s branch of the Counter Terrorism and Espionage Section General Karam Mrad-Colonel Ahmad Adra, the representative of the General Manager of the Ministry of Social Affairs Judge Ahamd Abdallah-Head of the Ministry’s North Department Majed Eid, Director General of Directorate General of Technical and Vocational Education Ahmad Diab, former Secretary General of the Higher Relief Council Major General Yehya Raad, Director of North Lebanon USJ Campus Fadia Alam, a delegation from GIZ presided by Mr. Enzo Suala, educational, social and economic bodies, the trainees’ parents and a large public of interested people.
Following the national anthem and a welcome speech by the Head of Media and Communication Department, Mrs. Amal Elias Sleiman, the Mufti asserted the “importance of the accelerated vocational training institutes, in a society that is burdened with a crisis, in which neglect, obliviousness, ignorance, unemployment and poverty have accumulated”. He considered that “such institutes are the foundation of the youth’s journey, where they will be armed with a profession that entitles them to work, have an income and restore their feeling of self-esteem”. The Mufti also noted the “ambition, will and striving of MP Mohammad Safadi to make this dream come true, especially for the souls that abstained from crimes of abuse whether it be alcohol or drugs”. As he congratulated Tripoli for having this establishment, he added saying that the “vocational training institute is the starting point of a new life, that begins through a vocational, high-quality and highly proficient training course, full of information and expertise”, stressing that “Safadi Foundation’s mission is to meet the requirements of Tripoli and the North”.
As for the representative of the RDPP Mrs. Miray Shiha, she considered that “the issue of unemployment and finding solutions to it is not a new problem in Lebanon and Tripoli, but the situation has worsened with the aggravation of the Syrian crisis and the deterioration of the standard of living of the Lebanese and the Syrians in Lebanon”. Mrs. Shiha noted that the program “funded by 8 donors (the EU, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the Czech Republic), works with several partners to find ways to support the youth, so that they engage in the work market”, and added that “Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Institute will not only be theoretical, but will also be practical, as most sessions are dedicated to the practical application, whether it be at the Institute or outside of it, depending on the need and possibility, and according to the work market requirements”.
She also regarded that “this project is important as it will support around 32% of the students to find job opportunities. It will also provide them with training on life skills, such as communication and conflicts resolution”.
MP Safadi said that “Tripoli still falls on the list of areas that have not been included in the balanced development, even when 25 years have passed on establishing the Taif Agreement. Tripoli is suffering from official negligence, despite the importance of its strategic position, which is influential in times of peace as well as war”. MP Safadi stressed that “Tripoli scores the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in Lebanon, and in the Mediterranean Basin, making it a fertile ground for tension and instability”.
MP Safadi hoped that “Tripoli would be included in the list priorities, in terms of economic and social development, and that it would be enrolled in the extensive economic plan set by the government”. He pointed out that “Safadi Foundation is achieving many initiatives, with the support of international organizations, and in cooperation with several official and private bodies”. He described the Institute as “an oasis of hope for the students who are receiving training on professions, mostly related to construction”, stressing the “importance of finding job opportunities for them”. He then added saying that “22 out of 1,000 trainees are graduating today. They are the first batch of trainees to graduate. At least 11 of them have already started working as soon as the training sessions were finished”.
MP Safadi concluded by addressing the graduates, noting that their “response through registration and training is a message that Tripoli’s youth desire a life, through which they aspire towards a prosperous future. They will begin this prosperous life holding a certificate, signed by the Order of Engineers and Architects and by Safadi Foundation, which will contribute in their transition to the next level, where they would not look back”. He finally hoped to achieve another dream; the dream of opening a center for Islamic Studies.
The ceremony was concluded as Mufti Al-Shaar, MP Mohammad Safadi accompanied by his wife, President of ROSE Program Mrs. Violette Safadi, as well as the RDPP representative Mrs. Miray Shiha, and the President of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Tripoli Bassam Ziadeh, presented the certificates and the toolkits to the graduates, before cutting the graduation cake.
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Partners: The trainings are very professional
Safadi Foundation has celebrated the end and graduation of the third batch of trainees in Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center of economic integration project for young people of Tripoli and the region, which is supported by the European Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Middle East (RDPP). The celebration was attended by more than 1200 persons, notably the chief of SAFADI FOUNDATION the deputy and former Minister Mr. Mohamad SAFADI, vice chief of SAFADI FOUNDATION chief of “Tara w Kheit” association Mrs. Lara SAFADI, representative of RDPP Ms. Rebecca CARTER, chief of engineers in Tripoli and North Mr. Bassam ZIADEH, vice chief of Board of Directors of Rashid Karameh International Fair Mr. Radwan MOKADDAM, representative of APAVE Mr. Rachid MUBARAK, vice chief of Union of Relief and Development Associations in Lebanon Mr. Abdel Rahman DARWICH, representative of restaurants’ domain Mrs. Salma Thamin RAAD, chief of Al
Mouttahed club Mr. Ahmad EL SAFADI, in addition to representatives on behalf of international organizations and institutions, trainees and their parents.
The celebration commenced by the Lebanese National Anthem, followed by a RAP song prepared by Bob ARJA for this event in specific, during which he described the conditions of the Tripoli young people, and the change they underwent after getting enrolled in Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center:
“I did not lose hope searching for myself
Trying to find an exit from this situation itself
The dark tunnel was long yet I found a light
Safadi Training Institute showed me the way that was right
It became my second home where I gained personal skills
I bravely set my goals to start climbing new hills”
Later, Nariman and Mohamad delivered the graduates’ speech, expressing their gratitude for Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center and all the supporter of the project, which gave them the opportunities to strengthen their hope in their future and confidence and remain faithful for their country and city.
During his speech, SAFADI welcomed the gracious attendees, saying that “this center is a dream coming true, which aims at supporting the future of Tripoli and North young people.” He added: “In this harsh condition in which Lebanon and the region are undergoing, and under the economic paralysis affecting the governmental institutions due to the delay in forming the government, which is leading to further absence of the government in supporting young people and ensuring job vacancies for them through developmental projects, we are committed to help these young people and say we are beside you.” He further added: “Waiting for putting Tripoli on the official and balanced development
map, we will keep saying: With solid will, there will be no defeat. With determination and purposefulness, there will be no failure. With youth courage, there will be no fear.” SAFADI has also talked about “MEHNA” application, an application on internet, directed by SAFADI FOUNDATION, which works as a mediator between the trainees and the parties requesting services, whether individuals, institutions or companies, provided that its details will be published later on in media. He concluded his speech by thanking “all supporters and partners who are caretakers directly or indirectly of Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center.” Then, he addressed the biggest thanks for the students who believed in this center and trusted it, aiming at having a promising future.”
“We aim at partnering with local institutions, such as the SAFADI FOUNDATION, which fully know the needs of the community,” said Ms. Rebecca CARTER, the representative of the European Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Middle East (RDPP), which has financed the training of the graduates. She emphasized that RDPP had been happy to partner with SAFADI FOUNDATION and added: “When we first visited Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center, it was still under construction, and we were concerned about whether the project would be able to achieve its ambitious goals. However, we were really surprised by what happened, how it was done during record time and how the exercises went effectively.” “This project aims at improving the skills of young Lebanese and Syrian people in various sectors through intensive training provided by the Institute and facilitating the entry of young people to labor markets through direct communication and direct relationships with employers”, said Ms. CARTER. She also stressed the importance of this project and thanked “the employers who provided opportunities for young people” and the Foundation's staff for their efforts, and concluded by congratulating the graduates.
“The impact of the project on the concept of partnership in developmental projects” was discussed in a brief discussion session during which the parties who participated in a direct or indirect partnership attended. The session was directed
by the chief of media and communication department at SAFADI Media Foundation Mrs. Amal Elias SULEIMAN, who considered that the Accelerated Vocational Training Center and its affiliated programs have achieved qualitative leap in the way of work and cooperation between the center on one hand and other sectors on the other hand.
The chief of engineers in Tripoli and North Mr. Bassam ZIADEH said that the importance of carrying a signed certificate by the student will permit him to have wide and important job opportunities.
The vice chief of Board of Directors of Rashid Karameh International Fair Mr. Radwan MOKADDAM said that the impact of the project was clearly and positively reflected on the improvement of some aspects of the fair amid a clear absence of the government from this facility.
The representative of APAVE Mr. Rachid MUBARAK said that the additional tests conducted by the trainees in order to ensure the quality of their work showed a high level of professionalism during the exercises.
The vice chief of Union of Relief and Development Associations, which cooperated with the vocational training center by virtue of a partnership agreement which led to training a number of displaced persons who worked on improving the environment in which they live, has praised the project also. He said that it had positive results that preserved the dignity of the displaced persons and made him feel that he is not a burden on the host society.
Mrs. Salma Thamin RAAD, who spoke about the cooperation between the Center and the private sector, considered that graduating trainees in both fields of chef assistants and waiters will open the work opportunities for them in private sector, and this will create a kind of development in social responsibility of the private sector.
At the end, certificates were distributed to 400 graduates in a festive and crowded atmosphere
The European Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Middle East (RDPP), a multi-donor initiative supported by the European Union, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.