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How Do You Measure Up?

The atmosphere in the Zafer Masri building on first day of the summer session STEP II EFL classes could rightly be described as rife with anxious and excited energy: swarms of students huddled around the check-in table to discover their class assignments, before hurriedly making their way to classrooms throughout the building, all the while greeting new and familiar classmates and teachers. Adding to the fervor of these first-day jitters was the recent news of the Tawjihi exam results, the standardized testing measure administered throughout Palestine and Jordan which largely dictates college admissions prospects for hopeful secondary school students. Indeed, Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 20

Two years ago, I graduated from university with a degree in business administration. Since then, I have been taking different kinds of courses in order to gain more confidence, to overcome my shyness, and to learn about the world. In the future, I want to visit Malta in Spain because I have heard that there are a lot of Arabic people there. I want the first new place that I explore to be a place where I feel connected to the people. This is my dream! I also want to invite people from around the world to come to my Continue reading…

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A TYO Family Joins the Academic Support program: The Story of Maha and Ro’a

Last week, we were trilled to start of the Summer 2016 Academic Support Program. The program, which caters to 9-14 year olds, piloted this past spring and was a major success. In its pilot stage, the program was available to children in the immediate neighborhood of TYO, Khallet El Amoud. However, its achievements allowed the organization to expand the program’s reach to the larger community of Nablus including the four refugee camps in the city. As such, it is a great time to speak with a family who has been active in TYO since the beginning, and more specifically a Continue reading…

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Welcoming Our Summer 2016 EFL Fellows!

Introducing the Summer 2016 EFL Fellow class of the STEP! II Program. 6 fellows from the United States and Colombia have been selected to teach intensive English as a Foreign Language classes at TYO. Read all about them! Emma Emma grew up on a ranch in northern California. Her undergraduate degree is in International Relations and French, with a certificate in peace and conflict resolution from Bennington College. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to NYC to work as a program manager for an international NGO and spent the next few years traveling around and working in Africa and Cuba. She Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 19

When I was volunteering last session, I cooperated with the volunteers and got close with the children, especially the children ages 8 and 9. I did many exercises with them to help them write letters, and they learned them. For example, at the end of a few classes, I gave all of them homework to write a small story. Little by little, day by day, they wrote better. They had really good ideas, but they couldn’t explain the ideas. But after the lessons, they were really impressive to me. I’m so happy and excited to see them again. عندما تطوعت الفصل الماضي كان هناك تعاون بيني وبين المتطوعين Continue reading…

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Show Some Grit

It’s lunchtime on Thursday in the Zafer Masri Foundation Building,  and TYO’s new EFL Fellows are beginning to wrap up their one week of lesson planning that will guide them through the next two months in the STEP! II English classroom with new students. Next week at about the same time, determined learners from across the unpredictable city of Nablus will be leaving early to ensure they can be in their afternoon classes that day. In both cases, time and physical constraints are not the only challenges that the people coming into the classroom must work to overcome. Starting from Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 18

If I have free time, I teach my younger brother. He is in fourth grade and will be in fifth grade. And I will bring him to TYO with me just to spend some time. And I give special lessons for my neighbors, the children neighbors, in English. Especially at the final exams, I spend my whole day teaching. Sometimes I just start at ten o’clock or eleven and I will continue until 9 or 10 o’clock. عندما يكون لدى وقت فراغ اقوم بتدريس اخي الاصغر, انه بالصف الرابع وسيترفع للصف الخامس, قمت بتسجيله واحضاره معي الى منظمة شباب الغد لقضاء بعض الوقت Continue reading…