The associations name is: ’PedSol’

PedSol is an un-political, unreligious, national and international voluntarilyorganized helping organization.
The Unit was developed in Norway the 18th of May, 2015 with the organization number of: 915 468 268 and in Northern Iraq, Kurdistan the 15th of September, 2015 with the organization number of: 2950 code 2732-F

The projects initiators in Norway

Elin Eek Frishte Golani and Syed Abed Golani

The projects initiators in Northern Iraq, Kurdistan

Elin Eek Frishte Golani, Syed Abed Golani, Saman Abdullah Ahmed, Kamaran Chrostani, Hashem Ali. In addition to this there are nine more professional staff workers and seven others that has shown interest in working within this unit, after the approved establishing.

The foundations establishing background

In Norway in recent years seen increasing signs that some groups of immigrant origin falls outside the community and welfare programs. Stigmatization, marginalization and radicalization has become central concept in this context. With this basis, integration and inclusion in the community received a large space in the current debate in the media and in the political discussions

Norway has become a multicultural country. In recent years it has arrived many immigrants from many different nations and cultures to Norway. They have the status either as solitary seeker, family groups, refugees or migrant workers. Foreigners coming evenly divided between Northern and Eastern Europe and from the rest of the world, with an emphasis on war-affected Africans and Middle East. This creates major challenges in the Norwegian society. Many children and young people from ethnic minorities are stigmatized, marginalized and radicalized both at school and in the local nursery environment. These kids have great apostasy from school, some of them due to their disability.


In addition to the European countries, northern Iraq (Kurdistan) had also become a destination for many refugees. A half a million of new refugees are escaping from the violence caused by IS internally inside, mainly in northern Iraq. Many are travelling to the Kurdish region, already providing hospice for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. These refugees are escaping from the war actions that are ongoing in Syria. They are evenly arriving from the Middle East, mainly from the war-affected countries such as part of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran and parts of the Kurdish, Turkish and Arabic areas. Refugees that are still living in the urban areas are still receiving inadequate help. Despite the refugee help and other humanitarian helping associates doing an effort in delivering the most necessary and basic services. Although funding for the refugee crisis in KR-I has increased, there is still a general lack of professional effort in various forms.


The purpose of Pedsol
The main purpose of  Pedsol is to be an organization that serves the purposes such as multicultural, pedagogical and psychological help. As well as assisting and organizing emergency help in situations where people are facing inter excessive escapes across borders, due to personal tragedies or catastrophic conditions in their country.
The operating environment of the association shall be to exercise emergency services and active help over time, in a matter of a protecting perspective. This is for the children, adolescents and adults who may find themselves in a situation where the need of therapy, treatment, counseling and psychological help has occurred.
To fulfill the operating aim, it should primarily be exercised practical knowledge exchange, cultural exchange and training of the personnel, so that assistance can be given to those who need help, in their native language. Something that should be highly valued is therapy, trauma therapy, and guidance for people.
Training within different forms of therapy and acquisition of pedagogical, special educational and psychological knowledge for the training personnel should be exercised as well.
Pedsol will initially be aimed at people who speak Kurdish with three different dialects, Arabic, English and there will also be possibilities for Farsi as well.
Pedsol will also be able to assist countries that have received many refugees, either internally displaced or from other countries. Pedsol will also be able to assist with organizing other emergency situations due to personnel tragedy or disaster conditions.

In refugee camps and transit centers in Norway and North Iraq Kurdistan:

•Children, adolescents and adults with strains of war.
• Single minors who have lost parents or family members in the war.
• Children, adolescents and adults who had been abused or witnessed violence.
• Girls and women who were subjected to sexual abuse.
• Children, adolescents and adults with grief.
•Children, youth and adults with special needs.
•Children and adolescents with social and emotional difficulties.
Other target groups: Parents and kindergarten staff. School: managers, teachers and special education. Municipal employees: nurses, psychiatrists, recreational leaders, family counseling, crisis center, center for work against forced marriages, Centre for Alternative to Violence office: employees and users, Child protection staff, psychologists, child and youth psychiatry, Orphanages, staff and users, Various Kurdish voluntary associations, mosques, lawyers. Ministry for Immigration Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and children.
•Establish PPT service.
•Prevent to reduce institutional care of children, adolescents and adults.
• Working for vulnerable children, youth and families with a refugee background should be identified early and get help as early as possible.
•Qualify employees and experts to provide professional assistance to those who need it.
•Manage as many as possible needy.

Goals and results

• Prepare a list of vulnerable children, young people to acquire the association a more specific knowledge about the different audiences are.
•Prepared assessment tools for early identification of vulnerable children and young people.
• Develop a structural overview of the various agencies and initiatives presents itself transparent and coordinated for businesses audiences they address.
• Increase individual knowledge and competencies among the largest possible number of authorities and among the highest number of immigrants in themes association has no competence.
• Give as many as possible inhabitants of neighborhoods access to information on associations organization and offers, initiatives chains and executives, in its dealings with audiences.
• Provide information and counseling for most refugees in their quest to understand the structures and rules of the new country.
• Identify needs and broaden their skills to meet these needs.
•Implement as many as possible lectures and seminars within the relevant topics in kindergartens, schools, colleges and other public services in Kurdish, Arabic and English.
•Website, pamphlets, books and CDs with information on current topics in English, Kurdish and Arabic.
•Over time, create a weekend based gathering place for parents to share experiences.
• Gather and coordinate international and national professionals to seminars and knowledge exchange.
• Collaborate with the other various aid associations against refugees already existing in Northern Iraq Kurdistan.
• Assist with the help of audience for health promotion activities.
• Helping to include and integrate as many as possible to take up employment / create jobs in the local communities.


Based on the Association's founding document, the association has PedSol these services offer. The services will initially be aimed at people who speak Kurdish with 3 dialects, Arabic and English.
➢ Mapping:
With the mapping of the individual or group of refugees, making it possible to obtain relevant information that gives a quick overview of the problem area being mapped. Through mapping, we can facilitate to strengthen local efforts and find appropriate interventions and initiatives on a better way to prevent and reduce problems.
➢EMDR therapy with children, adolescents and adults, both individually and in groups.
EMDR is an abbreviation of "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing". There have been many studies that show that the method works and that the effect is persistent.
EMDR is a psychotherapeutic approach, which helps to reduce the discomfort that can affect everyday life, when refugees have been victims of war, bomb attacks, violence, sexual assault and other complex trauma for unpleasant experiences in the past.
EMDR can also use to help refugees cope with anxiety, depression, persistent grief reactions, reactions to physical illnesses and other conditions associated with strong emotions.
➢ Cognitive Therapy:
With cognitive therapy, we can develop approaches that are specially adapted for a number of refugee groups with various forms of mental and physical disorders, both for children, young and adults.
Cognitive therapy, also known as cognitive behavioral therapy, aims at problem-solving and insight into the relationship between thinking, actions and feelings. An important goal is to break the self-reinforcing vicious circles that maintain mental health problems. This is done by mapping difficult situations, the design of activities that provide confidence and energy, exploration and possibly changing negative thought patterns, to encourage more social contact and prevention of recurrence in refugees.
There are a number of different forms of cognitive therapy, which have been made for different types of disabilities. Examples include depression and anxiety disorders. There is cognitive therapy for alcohol and drug problems, anger problems, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. The same goes for mental health problems caused by trauma and abuse, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and diminished self-esteem.
A central goal of cognitive therapy is that patients with refugee backgrounds to become their own therapist. The approach also has the form of guided self-help, with courses based self-help programs for the refugees who need it.
Cognitive therapy is a well-documented treatment for mental illness. This is why cognitive therapy is often highlighted in national treatment supervisors, also especially for refugees with mental disorders.
Family therapy:
At Pedsol refugee families can find a safe space to share, reflect, see opportunities and create changes:
•We will attach great importance to building a safe and trusting relationship.
•We will use different methods and tools tailored to you and your problems.
•We will challenge people to explore their own opportunities by helping them sort out their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
•We are not a problem-focused facility, but we are solution-oriented, and will help them to a better life with better life skills.
•Our goal is to make sure that everyone feels valued, heard and recognized in therapy hours.
➢ Educational and, special pedagogical- and psychological counseling and training, educational and special educational and psychological services are an advisory service. A PPT service to help children, youth and adults who struggle in progress, or who have a difficult training situation.
It shall provide parents, kindergarten, schools advice and guidance to facilitate children and young people in need, and assist them to adjust training for students with special needs. PPT service also assists adults who need training.
➢ Guidance for young and adult refugees to education in high school, bachelor and master level:
The aim of the guidance is to develop the person's competence in continuing education among professionals. Central guidance is experience-oriented learning and using creative methods for self-development and promoting knowledge expertise.
The guidance is appropriate for students, teachers, preschool teachers, social workers, nurses, social educators, child welfare officers, employees at refugee camps and the people who work with rehabilitation, and other professions.
➢ Mapping and guidance for young and adult refugees to include them in the workplace in the local communities:
The main objective of this service is to socialize, integrate and include as many refugees as possible, in the labor market. This way we can prevent and reduce mental illness focusing on the individual. Here we have found a local partner.

The Association will also provide therapy, counseling, lectures and seminars on the topics below

•Multicultural Preventative Care with Children and Adolescents.

•Identity and cultural analysis with a focus on being young between two countries and cultures.

•Children, adolescents and adults with traumatic experience.

•Children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Asperger and Tourette syndrome.

• Home and School Partnership aimed at children with special needs.

•Children and adolescents with social and emotional difficulties.

•Domestic violence and its consequences for children.

•Violence against children and its consequences for children.

• Home and School Partnership aimed at children and young people with refugee backgrounds.

•Conflict and conflict management.

•Mental health problems among the refugee population in northern Iraq (Kurdistan), such as anxiety, agitation and depression, anorexia, self-harm etc.

•Treatment and therapy for people with genetic mental illnesses such as bipolar and paranoid schizophrenia.




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