How it all started…
Everything seems impossible until it is done
1st Peace Journalism Workshop encompassing 26 media students from all over Lebanon, developed and organized by Ms. Vanessa Bassil, and supported by the German INGO Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The residential workshop lasted for 5 days and received a lot of success. This is when the journey of Peace Journalism in Lebanon has started.
Presenting the idea...
2nd Peace Journalism Workshop organized by Ms. Vanessa Bassil for a new group of 20 media students from various Lebanese universities, upon a competition organized by the British Council in Lebanon about the most innovative idea of a social change initiative. The winner was offered a small grant to make it come true, and Ms. Bassil presented her idea about Media and Peace, and won the competition.
Following the first two workshops, she formed the Lebanese Young Peace Journalists group and during the same year, she created and launched MasterPeace club of Lebanon, under which she conducted peace activities. On 21 September 2012, while launching the club during the International Day of Peace, Ms. Bassil announced to her group her willingness to create a Peace Journalism NGO.
The informal Lebanese Young Peace Journalists group was transformed into an official organization. On 21 June 2013, MAP was launched in a big ceremony in Beirut, with a primary aim of disseminating the concept of Peace Journalism and a vision of achieving sustainable peace. MAP was registered under number 812 at the Lebanese Ministry of Interior.
MAP grabbed international attention, and has been invited to Europe to train young journalists on Conflict-sensitive and Peace Journalism.
MAP established its 4 Media and Peace P=programs: Conflict (MPC), Human Rights (MPHR), Environment (MPE), and Development (MPD). The organizations also launched a Volunteer and Internship Program (VIP).
Influencing & inspiring...
By this year, MAP influenced more than 500 trainees and attendees, co-organized 15 activities, formed more than 30 partnerships, was featured more than 20 times in the press, attended more than 50 events and meetings, appeared on 6 media outlets, went on 4 international trips, and welcomed 12 volunteers and interns.