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Each One Teach One

TYO had the opportunity to interview APWE entrepreneur Ma’ali Diab about her educational tools business that facilitates learning for people with diverse cognitive abilities. Tell us about yourself and how you started your business: I am a pharmacist and studied at An-Najah University. I am married and have two children. I do not own a pharmacy and most recently worked at a money exchange store. As my eldest son began to grow up, I realized that he was incredibly intelligent and that his cognitive abilities far exceeded any educational tools available in Palestine. Both my son and I endured a Continue reading…

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The Teachers Become the Students

  For new teachers, preparation for the beginning of a class session is an intense time. Lesson planning requires a great amount of focus, strategy, and creativity. While the curriculum and lesson creative are certainly vital aspects of preparation, understanding the student demographic, including culture, educational background, and previous experience with the topic of the class can determine the amount of success students achieve throughout the session. On February 11th and 12th, 5 international EFL fellows and 1 Zahi Khouri fellow arrived in Nablus and begin preparing to lead intensive English classes for young adults at TYO. As part of Continue reading…

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Welcoming Our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow!

TYO is thrilled to welcome Dana, the Zahi Khouri Fellow for the Spring 2016 session! Dana Said Dana obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University. During her time in university she was actively involved in youth engagement activities that involved weekly visits to local preschools to teach children about healthy foods and nutrition. She was also very much involved in volunteer work at local hospitals and medical centers throughout her college career. During her last year of university she obtained her personal training certification in order to further help others live a healthy Continue reading…

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Welcoming Our Spring 2016 EFL Fellows!

Introducing the inaugural EFL Fellow class of the STEP! II Program. 5 fellows from Canada and the United States have been selected to teach intensive English as a Foreign Language classes at TYO. Read all about them! Phoebe Shambaugh Phoebe was born in a small town outside of Montpelier, Vermont, and lived there until moving to Chicago for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2013, where she did her B.A. in History (specifically late colonial and post-colonial history) and minored in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She studied abroad in Cairo in 2011, and took Continue reading…

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Taking the Proverbial Bull By Its Horns

TYO had the opportunity to interview APWE entrepreneur In’am al-Khaidr about her livestock business and her experience as an entrepreneur in a male-dominated field. Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Jamaaen, Nablus, studied mathematics at an-Najah University and worked as an employee at the Jamaaen Governmental Municipality for over ten years. After I left my job in 2014, I decided to found my own business raising calves. With money I had saved from my job at the municipality, I decided to purchase three calves. Initially, I focused my business strictly on the process of fattening and selling Continue reading…

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Innovative Entrepreneurs Pave the Way in Northern Palestine

A February 3, 2016 Forbes magazine report highlights the ways in which “women entrepreneurs are creating new and innovative work environments that cater to an evolving and modern workforce.” This sentiment could not ring more true for TYO’s Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) participants who must come up with creative and boundary-breaking ways to maintain successful businesses given the political context in which they work. As APWE wraps up its first phase of business development trainings and coaching sessions, we had the chance to interview Manar Shab’an, an APWE entrepreneur who uses community involvement and inventive business practices to help lead Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Eleanor Trenary My internship at TYO helped guide my professional decisions after I left, and gave me a stronger sense of myself as an employee, manager, and person. Originally from Minneapolis, MN Eleanor taught Sports for adolescents, Fitness class as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  One of the best moments from my class at Najah was a discussion my students had about their desired careers. There were strong opinions in the class about how Palestinians can best Continue reading…