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Unlocking the Greatness

“This pencil is important to me because it will help me erase my illiteracy”. One of the most common topics of discussions in The Women’s Group (TWG) is early marriage. There are a number of socio-economic and cultural reasons for early marriage in Palestine. One of the affects of the occupation is the dire economic climate in Nablus, where the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates the total unemployment to be 60 percent, and as high as 80 percent in refugee camps. This makes girls with no education and little prospect of a job a financial burden in many Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Adam Saper Any TYO intern will leave with a wealth of experiences and insights that aren’t completely fathomable until you dive in and go for it! A native of East Lansing, MI, Adam taught Tawjihi English, Elementary English and community soccer in the spring of 2011.   What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO? While I loved the time spent at the front of the classroom, I am and always will be a student at heart. In turn, some of my favorites moments were the times spent in Arabic class with Dr. Fawaz! I have tried learning Continue reading…

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The YLC’s First Meeting with the YALLA Participants

The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) of the YALLA Project had an introductory meeting for the participants with the YALLA project. The participants received information about YALLA project, better understood goals of the project and began developing their initiative ideas that the YLC members will help in supporting. During the meeting, the YLC answered questions for the young participants, making everything clear for them – including the objective and the process. Eventually the (YLC) distributed the initiatives forms to the participants to let them write summaries about their initiatives in order to select the best 20 initiatives forms. In the coming weeks, these Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Julie Yelle It was my feeling of connectedness to Nabulsi society on a personal level – thanks to TYO – that gave me the renewed impetus to continue my engagement with the region on an academic and professional level. A native of the Washington DC area, Julie taught dance for girls, women’s aerobics and conversational English for medical students in the fall of 2010. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO? The girls from my dance class performed hip hop routines for a final performance and then each took turns performing improvised belly-dancing solos in front of our audience. Continue reading…

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Launching the Child Friendly Schools Project in Lebanon

TYO-L, in partnership with the Center for Arab Research and Development (CARD), has officially launched the Child Friendly Schools project (CFS).  The CFS project will be a one-year pilot in two schools in the Bekaa Valley, as an initial step towards raising awareness about the importance of early child development, in Lebanon. We will be offering the teachers and administrators training that will allow them to develop a solid understanding of these ECD principles and techniques. In addition, trainees will be taught how to implement these techniques into their educational programs and TYO-L will be with them all along the Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of May 20, 2012

This week around Nablus and Beirut! Sunday, May 20 TYO’s Psychosocial Program Manager SUHAD Jabi makes the call for institutionalized early childhood education in Palestine.   Monday, May 21 TYO intern alum AIMEE Allen Be reminisces on how she first fell in love… with her TYO students!!   Tuesday, May 22 Intern alum HANNAH McIntire speaks on the influences her internship with TYO has had on her future career plans.   Wednesday, May 23 Escalating violence in northern LEBANON reaches a peak this week.   Thursday, May 24 Exciting new ADDITIONS to the Women’s Group this week!   Friday, May Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, May 25, 2012

From absenteeism to obesity, an examination of alarming trends in education this week, including a closer correlation between academic attainment and voting behavior in America. M.I.A.: Missing in Academics. “I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance,” says Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell in the social satire The Importance of Being Earnest. “Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.” This month, the Get Schooled Foundation in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University School of Education chime in on “The Importance of Being in School,” an absenteeism REPORT on the progress of the Continue reading…

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Exciting New Additions to The Women’s Group!

  TYO started its third session of The Women’s Group (TWG) a few weeks ago, and the center has been filled with more women than ever before. TWG is not only offering six new speakers to the roster of partner organizations offering seminars, but has added Beading and Photography classes as well (that are taught by local Nablusi women no less, who have practiced and honed their skills over the years to build successful careers out of them). English, Aerobics and IT classes are being continued as well. Sure enough the exciting new additions to the TWG brought in an Continue reading…

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Northern Lebanon Facing On-Going Conflict

In the last couple of weeks, pre-existing tension between the Lebanese army and different factions in Lebanon, specifically in North Lebanon and Beirut, reached a high and culminated in the forced closure of main roads by burning tires and sporadic armed conflict. Currently, the Lebanese government, with the assistance of key regional characters, is urgently trying to find a way out of the current stalemate. Despite our best efforts, TYO-Lebanon’s WEL project has slowed down in its progress due to the ongoing conflict that is happening. While the Lebanese communities continue on with “business as usual” in most of the Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Hannah McIntire My experiences that summer helped me to focus my educational choices towards realizing my personal and vocational goals, and I am so grateful for that. A Milford, CT native, Hannah taught Arts & Crafts and Women’s English as an intern in the Summer of 2010 and is returning to Nablus this summer to intern again! What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO? I have so many wonderful memories from TYO, but I think my favorite moment was in my Arts & Crafts class. Each morning in my class, I would read a story for my children, followed Continue reading…