NAVTSS offers schooling and other types of support to Palestinian youth and women and Syrian refugees, who suffer from discrimination, extreme poverty. In addition to education, NAVTSS also provides psycho-social support to children and their families, as part of its holistic approach. NAVTSS puts a specific emphasis on gender, and pays special attention to girls and women to ensure that they have access to education and join the labor market.
Since NAVTSS was established has focused its work on increasing the employment capacity of the Palestinian youth in Lebanon. This is done through following strands of activities:
The Vocational Training Program
The structure of NAVTSS’s year long, reduced cost, subject specific courses aim to provide a stepping stone back into formal education for those who did not complete their education, or gained low grades during their formal schooling and whose economic constraints means they cannot afford longer programs. Its intensive courses, run six hours a day, six days a week, mean that subject content is equivalent to longer courses. Market research with regards to market demands ensures course rotation amongst the V.T.Cs, allowing NAVTSS to avoid flooding the market with an annual influx of graduates in specific areas.
The vocational training courses that NAVTSS offers are:
• Business and Office Practice
• Secretarial Works and Computer
• Computer Maintenance and Networking
• Graphic Design
• Nursery Education
• Men’s Haircut
• Industrial Electricity and Motor Rewinding
• Cars Electricity
• Carpentry works: wood and aluminum
• AC and Refrigeration
The Career Counseling and Support Program
The Program aims to challenge the perception that vocational training is only for the less academic. It also works towards breaking the cycle of low education levels leading to low employment opportunities, which in turn often leads to disillusionment and isolation from the community, which then suffers as a whole.
The Program consists of:
- Cooperation with UNRWA Schools (workshops and visits to the Centers)
- Economic and Welfare Assessment Program (To provide support for poorest students).
- Market Demand Assessments (To avoid flooding the market and to keep syllabus up to
- Graduate Assessments (To continue to support students even after graduation).
The Development of Youth Work through Cultural Centers
This project targets Palestinian youth in refugee camps to encourage and reinforce their role in matters of their community by offering specific training and non and informal activities.
There are three main, interwoven objectives:
- To strengthen the knowledge and awareness of the youth in civil and human rights via discussions and interactive workshops.
- To develop and implement communication and leadership skills to organize and implement small community activities for their Palestinian and Lebanese peers and to help them make more informed decisions in later life.
- To offer an Open Center Program, to offer the facilities to those who have nowhere else to spend their time.