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Project Watan Training Academy - Graduation Ceremony

PW TA Graduates

Political parties perform a crucial task in democracies today: They allow citizens to engage in politics, represent their respective needs, and form and advocate for their policies. Hence, a healthy working within the party is just as important as a functioning external representation. To support this process, FNF Beirut has partnered with Project Watan, an emerging party, to launch an academy, focusing on party members’ education on political, social and economic issues and political thought, as well as building the capacity of its sector members and leaders in different skills that they would need in their activities.

Project Watan was launched as a movement with the intention to reform and to play an active role in driving systemic change in Lebanon. This emerging political party is formed of an executive board, two councils, and comprises different sections spreading on different regions in Lebanon. One of the goals of the party, in order to become well established and sustained is to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that its members and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in Lebanon.

The Project Watan Training Academy took place in the beginning of June, consisting of a four day pilot training program for 20 Project Watan Officers. Participants consisted of coordinators and key people from different regions like Tripoli, Kesserwan, Jurd and Jbeil. During the sessions, participants were trained on the concepts and principles of Project Watan as well as current political updates, sessions on liberal economy and financial literacy. Moreover, the academy program equipped the participants with necessary skills for them to be able to communicate internally and externally as well as be assertive in their positions as leaders in Project Watan.

The academy was concluded with a graduation ceremony and a gala dinner on 8 June 2023 at Le Royal Dbayeh. The ceremony included a speech by Member of Parliament Nehmat Frem and FNF Lebanon Project Director Kristof Kleemann as well as an opening speech by Mrs. Tania Tabet, Project Watan Academy Director, and testimonies from participants. Moreover, the participants received certificates of participation to prove their new skills. The event was featured by several local news channels as well as news websites, proving the successful conclusion of the academy.