In the general Palestinian-Lebanese context, many factors, such as the lack of job opportunities and the lack of spaces for gathering in camps, have contributed to producing harsh social conditions, especially for Palestinian youth. Youth (13-25 year-olds) constitute the largest social group in camps (around 25% of residents), and are the most disadvantaged age group. While children enjoy street life and play safely in alleys, the youth remain constricted while opportunities for their futures seem out of reach.
While acknowledging the necessity of challenging legal constraints on the Palestinian community in Lebanon and of improving the livelihoods of lower income dwellers, is it possible to imagine spaces that can respond to some of the challenges that the youth face in camps?
The “Camp Radio” workshop was aimed at youth of all genders, aged between 14 and 21. Its goal was to highlight their talents and abilities while enhancing their collective work on their lived environment. The workshop took form as a series of sessions focused on play and shared spaces in the camp. We held training sessions on research tools, creative dialogue, surveying, sound recording, visual expression, and worked together to materialize ideas that can bring positive change to the environment.
Together, we produced:
- map of current playground uses
- map of the trajectories from home to the playground
- photographic documentation of play spaces and games in the camp
- diagrams of similarities and differences
- collages of future visions for the playground
- a podcast
This project was made possible by the generous support of “Silat: links through the arts” 2017, project by A.M. Qattan Foundation (Palestine) in partnership with Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands)