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Educated Women in Palestine Remaining Unemployed

There’s a global trend that more women are pursuing university degrees than men. And in Palestine and the greater Arab world, the same reigns true. The World Bank states that the ratio of female to male tertiary enrollment in the region is 108%. And according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, during the scholastic year of 2012-2013 in Palestine, 81,052 males were pursing higher education degrees at universities versus 120,256 female students who enrolled in university. While this all sounds extremely promising for the women in the Arab world, a report from the World Bank entitled Jobs for Shared Prosperity: Time for Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Noor A.

Noor A. was born and raised in Nablus. She graduated from the Education College at An Najah National University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching Methods. What made you interested in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? Have you volunteered elsewhere before? I have volunteered with a few other organizations before. An Najah requires all students to complete community service hours before graduating, so during university I had volunteered with the Red Crescent assisting at an elderly home and I had also volunteered teaching Arabic in a public school. However, when I reached my last year in university Continue reading…

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Celebrating World Water Day in Nablus, Palestine

Today we celebrate World Water Day 2015, with the specific theme of water and sustainable development. We celebrate and reflect on the centrality of water in the rhythm of our daily lives. For some, it is a day to celebrate the importance and abundance of water in our day-to-day routines; for others, it is an important day to reflect on the increasingly pressing urgency of addressing issues like water scarcity and cleanliness, and confronting how we will manage water access in the future. The Middle East is a region specifically challenged by water issues. The supply, control, and allocation of Continue reading…

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The Multigenerational Approach: Serving Children’s Support Networks

The World Bank has released a new report entitled: Stepping up Early Childhood Development. Education advocates all over the world talk about the importance of investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and that it is “essential for a child’s growth and development. The returns to those interventions also tend to be higher than the returns to investments in human capital taking place later in life.” But more people are pushing for multigenerational approaches to ECD – to best support children, their support networks must also be empowered. The report explains that “the wellbeing and involvement of families play a critical Continue reading…

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5 Tips for Dealing with “Acting Out” in Your Classroom

We have had an exciting and productive start to our Core Child Program, both our morning program for 4-5 year olds and now our 6-8 year old after school program. But of course, no classes are without challenges, and one specific challenge that all teachers face – no matter their years of experience or expertise – is dealing appropriately and productively with “acting out” behavior. We use “acting out” to refer to a wide range of behaviors exhibited by children in the classroom – for example, refusing to participate in an activity, raising their voice, hitting, distracting classmates, and engaging Continue reading…

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3 Important Lessons on Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Every year, thousands of studies, research papers, conference talks, and dissertations come out on education. Of those thousands, only a few make their way into the hands – and into the actual practice – of teachers, school administrators, and policy makers. At the end of 2014, the American Educational Research Association published a list of its 10 most-read education articles. Using that list, NPR came out with a summary of the 5 key lessons education research taught us in 2014. Among those lessons are strategies for teaching math to struggling elementary-grade students, as well as research on the effectiveness in Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Anwar J.

Anwar J. is from Asira Ash-Shamaliya, a town just north of Nablus.  In 2011, she graduated from An Najah National University with a B.A. in Arabic Language. She has since worked in a variety of positions in both the private sector and Palestinian media outlets. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about the program? I heard about TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program while I was working for a local television station. A friend of mine who previously worked as a Core teacher at TYO visited me at work and talked about her experience Continue reading…

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International Women’s Day 2015

Learn more about International Women’s Day! Related posts:Insight Dubai Conference: Speaking English with confidenceUntil We Meet Again: Last Week of The Women’s Group Breaking a Sweat, Breaking Isolation

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Ola A.

Ola A. is a new volunteer in our Core Spring 2015 session. She lives in one of TYO’s target Nablus neighborhoods for the Core Child program. Ola graduated from An Najah National University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning program? Have you volunteered elsewhere before? Because I majored in English, I have many previous experiences volunteering with NGOs in Nablus that offer English language services; for example, I used to volunteer teach English language classes for adults. I heard about TYO’s Youth Service Learning program through Continue reading…

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From Nablus Preschools to TYO: An Interview with Core Teacher Fawz Jabi

It has been a great first two weeks with our 4-5 year olds in the Core Child program. Though there were a few tears on the first day, the children were all smiles by the end of last week; on Thursday afternoon, as each class took off towards the buses, they eagerly showed off their many art creations on the theme of our second week: community and family. It has also been exciting to welcome our two new Core teachers, Amal Khdair and Fawz Jabi. At the end of week two, we reflected on the beginning of the program and Continue reading…