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Get to Know Palestine, Get to Know Rakan

Rakan Dababse, 21 years old, is from Talouza a small village near Nablus, Palestine, and is currently studying Journalism and Media at An-Najah National University. Rakan considers himself to be an average college student and enjoys football, swimming and reading. But photography his real passion. Rakan is a Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA) participant, a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21. We sat down with Rakan to learn more about him and his initiative, Get to Know Palestine. How did you hear about Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and YALLA? I heard about the project through Zajel which is a service website Continue reading…

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Final Goodbyes

Nine weeks. Hardly anytime at all. Throughout the session, we’ve sometimes worried that it might be impossible to make any real impact during our short stint here. However, we’ve found that to know even just one student was positively affected is more than enough. Sarah During the third week of my Arts and Crafts class, I called out “Abdel Rahman” while doing attendance, and got no answer. “Thank God,” said another one of my students, and everyone laughed. I felt terrible, and even worse when Abdel Rahman came in a few minutes late. From the beginning, he was a disruption Continue reading…

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TYO’s First Scholarship Recipient

This summer, TYO awarded the first Educational Scholarship to one of its outstanding university volunteers. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants needed to complete at least 35 hours of community service during the summer session at TYO, be currently enrolled in a university and fill out an application explaining their need and future education and/or career goals. Samer Abu Leil, a student at Al-Quds Open University, studying business administration was the first recipient of the TYO Scholarship, receiving $1000 directly toward his university tuition. Learn more about Samer and why he was selected to win this scholarship. Samer lives Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of July 21, 2012

  This week, TYO catches up with the Child Friendly Schools project, checks in with Mohammed and Roula on the YALLA initiatives, closes out the last summer session of TWG and gains some new perspectives on education! Sunday, July 22 TYO-Lebanon and the Child Friendly schools project talk about ways to improve resilience and coping skills in the classroom.   Monday, July 23 The interns explore the effects of gender-segregated classrooms, and discuss their ongoing efforts to promote co-education in Nablus.   Tuesday, July 24 Mohammed and Roula check in with progress from the YALLA initiatives, which are all moving along beautifully! Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, July 27

  This week, TYO catches up with Mohammed and Jamila in Washington, explores the pros and cons of gender mixing in schools, and discovers the power of reading with a fun cartoon! Mohammed and Jamila Go to Washington! While in the United States, the two YLC leaders took a moment to sit down with Palestine Note for an interview. [youtube http://youtu.be/qzqyk4fdtLo]   The Million Dollar Question: What is the smartest way to invest your money? Forbes says in WOMEN. Studies show that investing in women raises not just household income but also the national GDP, as they are more likely to spend their Continue reading…

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Happiness, Love, and Smiles Before Parting

Ending the session with a celebratory party means a lot to me and to the attendees of The Women’s Group (TWG), so last week we did just that and shared a lot of happiness, love, and smiles before parting until next session. After 12 weeks of learning in fitness, English, IT, Crafts and Photography classes, as well as seminars we like to honor women for their efforts and commitment to the program. They have accomplished so much this session and deserve to be acknowledged. During the end-of-session party there we set up various stations of fun activities including crafts, music Continue reading…

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Fresh Perspectives on Education

As they conclude the last week of classes for the summer session here at TYO, Mary-Jo, Hannah, and Mitch compare and contrast their experience with education in Palestine with perspective that they have gained from news articles concerning women’s education in Afghanistan, post-conflict education, and the future of education. In his most recent blog post for Al Jazeera on July 13, Qaiz Azimy reported on the current education situation for females in the rural Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province in Afghanistan. Much to his amazement, more girls are attending schools than ever before in the district’s history; despite the Continue reading…

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Meetings, Trips and Installations

The Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA) is a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21. YALLA activities are designed to empower youth to build and develop the community. YALLA also aims to engage university-aged youth in their society. This past Thursday, we held our weekly meeting with the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC), YALLA winners and TYO staff members. This weekly meeting provides a chance to update the group on the status of the initiatives, what’s been done in the previous week, what the next steps are, discussing challenges and difficulties, and giving advice along the way. In reviewing the work Continue reading…

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Gender Mixing

As American interns, many things were new to us about education in Palestine. For example, students in first to third grade never repeat a year. Regardless of whether or not they pass a class, a student cannot in that age-range cannot be held behind. Another major difference between here and education in the United States is the all important Tawjihi examination, taken at the end of twelfth grade, which determines both whether a student is able to go to university, and what they can study there.  Tawjihi scores were just announced last week which lead to celebrations late into the night for those fortunate 62% who obtained a passing mark this year. The difference that has affected Continue reading…

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4 Tips to Promoting Resilience in the Classroom

Resilience, the ability to cope, adapt or “bounce back” after enduring stressful life circumstances or events, can and must be nurtured and fostered in children living in underprivileged areas. Resilience is not a trait, rather it is a dynamic process whereby children use learned positive behaviors or coping strategies during times of difficulty, and the result is adaptation and growth. By educating teachers about the importance of early childhood development and how to infuse their classrooms with the principles of active and non-formal learning, the Child Friendly Schools program is also preparing teachers to be better equipped at fostering resilience Continue reading…