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diversity

As the end of February approaches so does the end of Black History month. From Gordon Parks to Roy Decarava African-American photographers have played a critical role in exposing the civil rights movement and revealing racism in the United States. Not only as photographers themselves but in what they focused their lens on. Revealing a part of America un-discovered and exposed to the rest of the world. These images allow us to relate to those we feel separated from, they expose the in-humanity of violence which is now apart of our history. In the living rooms of America black and white Continue reading…

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Science Erupts in the Creative Thinking Classroom

Do you remember when you built a volcano in your middle school class?  Or when you experimented with acids and bases in science lab?  Can you imagine your science classes without any lab component?  While the engaging experiences that science lab offers are common for American students, they are virtually nonexistent for the children that TYO serves in Palestine. Few school teachers incorporate scientific experiments into science lessons in Nablus.  When I asked my students if any of them had ever done a science experiment before, they all expressed that they had not.  However, a notable exception to this norm Continue reading…

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All About our Moms

Anna Every morning at 11 am, the ladies from The Women’s Group begin shuffling past me for class – aerobics on Mondays and Wednedays and Beginner’s IT on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We trade salaam aleikums and sabaah al-kheers as I do my best to converse with them in Arabic while waiting for Hanin, my translator, to arrive. Like the kids that we serve, many of the women hail from the refugee camps and other underprivileged areas of Nablus, and though I don’t know the details of their stories, I know that many of them have led difficult lives with great Continue reading…

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Bringing Creativity to the Stage

Drama is one of the most effective ways to help children develop their personalities, to express themselves, and to increase their own awareness about their feelings and the impact of their actions on the feelings of others.  Drama and stage exercises, such as those in TYO’s Core Child Program Drama class, teach children teamwork and help to foster creativity and imagination.  Daily, children enjoy working together to make diverse scenes, acting out different characters and situations.  These exercises also work to increase children’s self-confidence and self-awareness.  Children become more aware of their bodies, motions, and feelings as they express themselves Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of February 19, 2012

TYO rounds up exciting happenings in Nablus as February draws to a close!   Sunday, February 19 GET MOVING! Core Program teacher Haitham speaks up on the importance of physical activity and sports for young people.   Monday, February 20 Interns ask “What’s LOVE got to do with it?” as they discover the meaning of Valentine’s Day and expressions of love in Nablus.   Tuesday, February 21 Youth Leadership Committee trainings move full steam ahead with talks on effective LEADERSHIP led by Mr. Thuqan Qishawi, Director of the Quakers in Palestine.   Wednesday, February 22 TYO’s Abi asks students to Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: February 24, 2012

This week, TYO traces some exciting new trends in early childhood education, focusing on behavioral management and the role of youth and education in politics. Special look at images of the diversity of the Muslim world and life behind the woman’s lens in the Middle East.   Pupils and Politics: How important is early childhood education to DEMOCRACY? Essential, claims the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, pinpointing a lack of critical and inquisitive thinking in early education as the linchpin of the impending success or failure of democratic reforms in the Middle East.  “Students need to learn at a very Continue reading…

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It’s Our Turn, Girls!

Gender discrimination and poverty are often the causes for girls and women being ousted from opportunities and decision-making. Millions of girls around the world are being denied an education because they are being forced to work or marry instead; often ending up with-child while technically not having reached adulthood themselves. Plan, an organization (headquartered in UK) dedicated to helping the world’s poorest children create better futures, has recently taken on a project in hopes to raise awareness and support for girls around the world who are stripped of their right to choose their futures. On February 22 they launched a campaign that highlights Continue reading…

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the power of an image

What better time to talk about the power of an image than now. In today’s world where the image travels with more speed and accessibility than ever before, when its power is magnified by its accessibility – as internet reaches more people the image gains power – it does not need to be translated, its emotional significance is expressed in a couple of seconds and just a glance can make an impact. The image translates across culture, language barriers and borders. It touches a part of us that stirs emotions and meaning while conveying a certain trust. We trust images Continue reading…

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Kick-Starting Youth Leadership Committee Trainings

This month, TYO has been hosting a series of trainings for the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) as part of our YALLA Program supported by the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). These eight YLC university students are currently undergoing a thorough 50 hours of training learning about leadership, time management, teamwork, media and outreach. As the project progresses, the YLC will be advocates for YALLA, publicizing the program to youth throughout Nablus and mentoring them during the application process. As a result of the trainings, the YLC will be able to better empower their young community members. After selecting Continue reading…

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Love is All Around

Laura Part of TYO’s vision here in Nablus is to empower members of the community by providing programs such as our after-school, Core Program, and the Women’s Group. One of the most important ways we work on empowerment is by enabling self-expression. During our orientation, we were introduced to the psychosocial aspects of TYO’s programs. We were told that many of our students could be dealing with underlying feelings of anger, guilt, or shame. So, I was prepared to see these emotions and to hear painful stories, but I was completely unprepared for the outpouring of love that comes with Continue reading…