UNICEF Lebanon and Generation Unlimited - empowering a young generation
“The solution is within ourselves. If the country can do no more for us, then let us do something ourselves.
How will things change?. Only through society developing a new approach to thinking.”
“The solution is within ourselves. If the country can do no more for us, then let us do something ourselves. How will things change? Only through society developing a new approach to thinking.”
Sarah, 23, from Saida
Second-generation Palestinian refugee Sarah was born in the south Lebanon city of Saida to parents who have lived their lives unable to secure permanent work. However, an essential foundation of hope in their lives and for the future of their children was maintained through their commitment to education. Sarah attended school throughout her youth, from the age of 3. Now 23, she wonders what the real benefit was.
“I'm Palestinian, and being Palestinian in Lebanon puts me in an awkward position when it comes to seeking work. There are jobs, but few that are relevant to my knowledge and education choices. I studied information technology at Sebline Training Center and graduated three years ago. So far, I’ve been unable to find work.
I realize that life in Lebanon is hard for much of today’s youth. Even when they study hard, there are often no jobs for them, and even when they get a job, they will be fortunate if it relates to their degree.
Starting my own business is still a distant dream for me. It is merely a question of budget. To even take the first step as an entrepreneur takes money, and this is something I don't have, and without a job will never have.
How will things change? Only through society as a whole developing a new approach to thinking. People must change fundamentally.