Archive

Monthly Archives: March 2013

TYO_TEST

Playing for Hope

Football is the universal language of scores of millions of people around the world, including countless children and teenagers. Young people play in narrow, urban alleyways, in refugee camps, in abandoned swimming pools, in car parks, war zones, on street corners, wherever there are young people it seems there is football. But the sport is more than just a game. It’s a positive lifestyle. It’s a way to promote a peaceful approach to conflict resolution. It’s a tool for wooing a young body away from the lures of the harmful habits. It’s a way to help ensure that young people Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

IS THERE MORE TO LANGUAGE THAN JUST SPEAKING?

I am finding it absolutely impossible to define communication in a single sentence, in a single idea, or in a single thought. There are many elements to include in effective communication, and they are all equally important when learning a new language or even just day-to-day communication in your native language. Imagine if all you knew how to do was speak. Imagine you didn’t understand body language, facial cues, or even how to listen. How successfully could you get your point across? How effective could your communication be? The Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE) program at TYO believes it Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

No Excuses at An-Najah

There is a great deal of research and discussion in the United States about what makes individuals, and especially leaders, successful. What trait is the key? Creativity? Intelligence? Charisma? In my classes at An-Najah University, I’ve seen one trait leap out above all the others: persistence. More than anything else, it is the persistence of my students that impresses me, and it is their level of persistence that predicts their progress and success. A number of studies and business leaders have made this same point, but seeing the trait on display in my classroom each week has made the point Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Meet Tomorrow’s Youth: Salah

Salah Odeh, 22, from Qusra village, is a current volunteer in Homework Help at TYO. Salah is a current student at An-Najah National University and this is his first session as a volunteer at TYO. What has been your favorite memory at TYO?  When I started volunteering in Homework Help, I was aware of the big responsibility I had. The parents trust TYO and its volunteers to help their children who have no academic support at home. One day, a ten year old boy came to me saying he hated English because he couldn’t understand the language. So I asked him Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Women Power

“Women’s voices and their participation in all aspects of society are more important than ever.” – The United Nations Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process of society. More than one third of the world’s adults, most of them women, have no access to books, new skills, or to technologies that would improve the quality of their lives and help them shape and adapt to social and economic change. What TYO aims to do through The Women’s Group is educate and empower Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Reading and Succeeding in WISE English

“Bubbles rising through the silence of the sea, silvery beads of breath from a man deep, deep down,” Reena read, pausing occasionally to sound out a new or difficult sound, “in a strange and shimmering ocean land.” She looked up and smiled as Afnaan pulled the book toward her to begin reading the next page. Just a few weeks ago, reading such a complex sentence out loud would have been a near impossible feat—much less mustering the self-confidence to sound out words, to try and fail and try again. But by now, six weeks into classes, these sorts of moments Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Meet Lebanon Entrepreneur, Mrs. Asma Amyouni, Creator of Herby Olives!

Asma is the envy of her coop with her secret blend of spices and herbs, making traditional olives with a twist! TYO speaks with Asma, while she participates in a local expo in Ras Beirut, and here we share with you some of her thoughts and challenges…. “Due to the long-standing civil war in Lebanon, I did not have traditional education opportunities. In 1975, the war made it impossible to complete my education, and forced me to think of creative ways to use my skills and generate income for my family and myself. This led me to think about using Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Taking it outside!

There’s nothing like the first couple days of spring. Wherever we find ourselves this year, we can all count on that same feeling when winter starts to disappear and the sun starts warming everything back to life. That feeling of bliss swept over Nablus last week and naturally that meant The Women’s Group took our fitness class outdoors. Exercise physiologists continue to find the effects of exercising outdoors outweigh the effects of staying inside. Every person’s biomechanical movements, the way their foot strikes the ground, exposure to wind resistance, and simple contact with turns and hills can drastically change their Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Meet Tomorrow’s Youth: Mahmoud

Mahmoud Saleh, 22, from Aseera outside of Nablus, is a current volunteer in the Core Child Program at TYO. Mahmoud is a current student at An-Najah National University and this is his first session as a volunteer at TYO. What has been your favorite memory at TYO?  Because of the hour-long lectures at the University and because of my part-time job, my first two weeks of volunteering at TYO were so stressful and I decided to leave the organization and postpone volunteering for later sessions when I had less on my plate. When I told one of the little girls in my Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Preparing for the job market

Sustainable development and social cohesion depend critically on the competencies of all of our population – with competencies understood to cover knowledge, skills, attitudes and values –OECD Education Ministers Today’s societies place challenging demands on individuals, and the demands can be even greater for those who are faced with complexity in many parts of their lives. Often, the demands are for professional competency. But competency is more than just knowledge and skills. It involves the ability to meet complex demands by drawing on an individual’s skills and attitudes in a particular context. For example, the ability to communicate effectively via Continue reading…