Concluding its World
Children’s day campaign, run this year under the international theme “Inclusion
for Every Child”, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme has organized a
workshop in cooperation with local and international organizations to bring attention
to the general state of children in the Gaza Strip.
The workshop also
aimed to review the work done in child protection, the achievements and the
challenges in providing support for children and sharing experiences in this
workshop was opened by a speech delivered by Mr Qusai Abu Odei, Director of
Foreign Relations and Resources Development department, in which he welcomed the
participants and emphasized the role of their organizations in supporting
children, and also the role and efforts
of GCMHP in providing psychosocial for the children, especially in crisis
The first discussion
session was then initiated with a presentation by Dr Sami Oweida, a GCMHP
psychologist, specializing in psychological health for children and
adolescents. He presented a paper on ‘The
Reality of Children's Mental Health in Light of Repeated Military Offensives”.
The paper included case studies of war affected children who he intervened with
as part of his work.
Ms Alft Almasawabi
then presented a paper in which she explained the reality of protection
interventions in the Gaza Strip, the nature of problems dealt with in the field
of child protection, and how to detect and refer cases within the process of
third presentation in the first session was made by Dr Khaled Abu. His
presentation focused on on the reality of mental health of schoolchildren from
the perspective of the Ministry of Education.
the second session, psychologist Osama Farina gave a comprehensive presentation
on the connotations of children's drawing, how to read the messages they carry and
their fundamental role in diagnosis and treatment.
some of its varying methods of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of
children, GCMHP video on its experience in ‘Sports for Smile’ project which is carried
out in collaboration with 4 different sports clubs across the Gaza Strip. The
project provides psychological support for 500 children through sport
activities and counselling sessions and parent awareness.
At the end of the
session, the most important recommendations were summarized as follows:
· The need to activate the role of community
organization in developing better visions and strategies that lives up for the
level of challenges faced by children, especially in schools and kindergartens.
The necessity of sharing experiences
between institutions working in the fields of child protection.
Create long-term psychological and
social programmes and interventions that ensure access to high levels of
efficiency and quality in achieving child protection goals.
Exchange and strengthen systems and
methods of care of psychological and social service providers for field workers
to maintain professional motivation levels in performing their duties.
Focusing on school mental health as an
input to promoting child's mental health.
Training of elementary level mentors on
Opening more instructional units within
schools and providing a mentor for each unit
Concentrating attention on the subject
of drawing in schools by preparing rooms for drawing in every school.
encourage children’s talents, a group from Edward Said Conservatory presented a
musical performance at the end of the workshop, and then Mr Abdulkarim Ashour, Deputy
Head of BODs, together with Dr Teaser Diab, Deputy Director General of
Professional Affairs, distributes plaques of appreciation to participants of
the discussion panel.