A mosaic training course for Syrian older persons in Jordan – October 2018 (Souriyat Across Borders)

A mosaic training course for Syrian older persons in Jordan – October 2018 (Souriyat Across Borders)

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“Mosaic” or “stone mosaic,” the name does not matter as much as the interest lately given to this craft and teaching it by the civil society organizations inside Syria and abroad.

The organizations’ activities varied between conducting training courses as to teach the basics of the mosaic art and launching exhibitions and centers specialized in this field, all of which concentrated on the empowerment of the vulnerable classes of the Syrian society and the refugee communities.

The “Souriyat Across Borders” (Syrian Women Across Borders) Organization has conducted a training workshop at the Jordanian capital city, Amman, as to teach participants the skills of the “stone mosaic” industry, in the period from 14 to 17 of October, targeting Syrian older persons.

Obada al-Asimi, Official of the Training and Habilitation Programs at the “Souriyat Across Borders” organization, told Enab Baladi that 20 Syrian older persons have benefited from the workshop, pointing out that it has included theoretical and practical illustrations of the “mosaic” art, ending with an honoring ceremony, during which participants were awarded in respect of the artistic pieces they produced during the training course.

Al-Asemi stressed the necessity for the Syrian civil society organizations to keep older people in mind and called for conducting activities that help them rid of life’s pressure, increase their confidence and ability at production.

The training workshop was organized with the support of the “Leave No One Behind” Program of the HelpAge International, specialized in enhancing socialization and integration at all age stages.

One of the “mosaic” training workshop’s women beneficiaries, Muna Sukaryah, told the Jordan News Agency (Petra) that she experienced an overwhelming joy and an increasing self-confidence when she turned stones into an artistic piece that “satisfy the eyes.”

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