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TYO Women’s Group Fitness Classes exceed expectations and lay the groundwork for far-reaching benefits

  An integral part of TYO’s Women’s Empowerment Program since 2008, The Women’s Group provides holistic support for mothers from local communities.  In consonance with other TYO programs, the Women’s Group fitness classes embody broader notions of psychosocial support.  However, in contrast to other classes led by the international interns, they are more directly concerned with issues of physical and emotional health.  Palestinian society is traditionally patriarchal, and women continue to experience myriad gender-related inequalities and subsequent vulnerability throughout their lives.  Women are disproportionately affected, both directly and indirectly, by socioeconomic stressors.  Their physical and psychological well-being is not adequately Continue reading…

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Rethinking Soccer

It’s no secret that sport has the ability to unite people- especially soccer. Around the world families, neighbors, and friends crowd small TV sets just to catch a match with their favorite team. Like children and adults alike across the world, our kids at TYO love playing soccer. Play has long been understood to provide children with the experiences they need in order to learn social skills and values. But unlike many other health and fitness programs, the purpose when we play soccer at TYO isn’t scoring a goal- it’s developing ourselves to become better teammates, neighbors, and people. The Continue reading…

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A Mother’s Day with (Extra) Meaning

Each May, much of the United States celebrates Mother’s Day- a holiday typically bringing to mind Hallmark cards, bouquets of flowers, or boxes of chocolate. In Palestine, Mother’s Day falls a bit earlier on March 21st- and at TYO, it’s much more than a celebration with sweets and gifts. It’s a time to honor the immense role of mothers in the community, understand the special responsibility of women to better society, and take a moment to appreciate self-worth. So instead of catchy sentiments on cards, members of The Women’s Group heard from local doctors and nurses about the importance of Continue reading…

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Degrees of Insecurity: Challenges facing Palestinian university students

TYO uses funds provided by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation to deliver Professional Competency and Conversational English classes to students of An Najah National University, in Nablus.  TYO’s international interns lead these sessions, which are based upon the need to address a series of issues generated and sustained by political, economic and social conditions in the West Bank.  Prevalent amongst them is a paucity of foundational skills essential for the world of work, compounded by a lack of employment opportunities and a growing population – revealed as critical barriers to economic and social stability across the wider region in a Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Reem Radwan

With generous support from the Abdul –Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), TYO offers professional competency classes at An-Najah National University to enrolled university students. It is TYO’s aim to equip students with the professional skills needed to obtain employment post-graduation and provide them with the confidence needed to excel in their new ventures. Volunteer Coordinator, Ruba Hayfayda, interviews Reem Radwan, a student enrolled in the professional competency class to get her insights as to what she has gained from the class. Reem Radwan is a senior student in Geography at An-Najah National University and plans to begin working directly following her Continue reading…

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Playing, ICTs and Learning: Three for the price of one!

TYO has long had a reputation with Nabulsi children for being fun and promoting play. But this session, they’re getting a good deal, one might say three for the price of one. That is playing, learning English and using ICTs. Contrary to popular belief, playing isn’t just about having fun. For children, playing is one of the primary ways that they learn. Many elements of higher order thinking are involved with play, including problem solving, experimentation, tactile learning, creativity, team work, cooperation, independence, evaluation, and reflection. Furthermore, classroom pedagogy has moved beyond children sitting in rows, not talking and listening Continue reading…

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Exposure to disability can improve children attitudes towards involvement in their communities

In the Nablus community not all people are treated equally. Typically it is assumed such inequalities are limited to gender- but the unfortunate reality is that many other groups are pushed to the wayside as well- most particularly people with disabilities. There are two primary reasons people with disabilities do not enjoy equal treatment in Nabulsi society: The community does not support people with special needs. Decision-makers are too focused on addressing structural issues and economic uncertainties that special needs populations frequently slip through the cracks. The community lacks the expertise needed to support people with special needs. So what Continue reading…

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TYO-L Marks International Women’s Week with Smartphone Technology Training and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Webinar hosted by Mrs. Blair!

Last Thursday, TYO-Lebanon FWEME beneficiaries gathered at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle and Bekaa to attend a special webinar with Mrs. Blair to mark International Women’s Day. The webinar discussed different challenges that women face around the world, and offered a variety of ways that women can work together to face these challenges. The webinar brought together 100 people from over 20 countries to connect and celebrate the achievements of women from all corners of the globe. Mrs. Blair answered questions attentively from entrepreneurs in the webinar, highlighting why International Women’s Day is so important, why Continue reading…

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Integrating ITC to enhance learning outcomes

This session, TYO has been focusing on greater inclusion of technology into TYO programming. Thanks to the generous support of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), we have been able to scale-up technology integration across all TYO programs, as AHSF’s support has enabled us to build a brand-new computer lab for our women, youth, and intern classes, leaving two computer labs dedicated to our Core Child classes. As a result, all schedules and lesson plans have been redesigned to incorporate IT into daily programming at TYO. According to a study by the Alliance for Childhood, for children over 3, ‘some Continue reading…

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The Status of Youth in the Middle East and Palestine

Ooredoo– an international communications company that provides customized communication services to users around the world, with particular focus on the Middle East- as recently released findings from a new study detailing the use of technology amongst youth in the Middle East. A summery of the finds, particularly as it pertains to youth in Nablus (and Palestine at large) can be found below: Delivering an optimistic future:  The youth in Palestine particular suffer from a lack of skills which limits their access to job opportunities. The survey found that  57% of youth agree that they are not working to their full Continue reading…