In continuation of an earlier workshop held in Jericho in April 2019, EUBAM Rafah concluded its second leadership development training on 13-16 october. The workshop came as part of a series of leadership training sessions aimed at further developing the existing leadership skills and qualities of the top managers at the General Administration for Borders and Crossings (GABC) and covered topics related to communication and conflict management.
The 8 GABC representatives exchanged their experiences with the international expert Arunas Beksta. They shared and developed their knowledge about the overall principles of communication including verbal/ non-verbal communication and body language. Supported by scenarios and roleplays, all participants were capable of exploring ways to improving communication through active and reflective listening.
To avoid conflicts resulting from miscommunications, the training dealt with conflicts and conflict-management. By the end of the lessons, participants in working groups developed their understanding of conflicts and learnt new theories and approaches to resolving them.
The European Union Border Assistance Mission at the Rafah Crossing Point – code name EUBAM Rafah – was launched in November 2005 to monitor the operations of the border crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, after Israel and the Palestinian Authority concluded an Agreement on Movement and Access on 15 November 2005.