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Work, Surf, and Learn

TYO provides students with access to technology and educational resources that are not commonly found in local public schools. Technology-based learning is an invaluable tool in the digital age which has the capacity to transform how students use their time online. In this week’s interview with Mo-ayyed Maklouf, a longtime employee of TYO, he shares how the computer went from being a distraction to a learning exercise in his home. He has two children currently enrolled in the academic support program that offers after-school instruction in math, English and Arabic.  Welcome Mo-ayyed! Can you tell us about yourself and your Continue reading…

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I love to work with children, especially in the most under-served communities. I want to be there to support those in need when I can. Working with children is a beautiful thing. You can teach children many things and work with so many different personalities. I believe that we can solve so many problems in our society by starting with them. This to me is a wonderful process. احب العمل مع الاطفال وخاصة هؤلاء  الذين يعيشون في المناطق المهمشة والاقل حظا, اريد ان اتواجد هناك لمساندة من هم بحاجة لمساعدة كيفما استطعت. العمل مع الاطفال شئ جميل ويمكنك تعليم الاطفال الشئ Continue reading…

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Meeting People Where They Are: The Success Story of Sujood Bani Odeh

Sujood Bani Odeh is from Tamoun, a village near Jenin. Sujood graduated from Hisham Hijjawi College in 2015 with a degree in Office Administration and enjoys writing poetry and short stories in her free time. Before becoming a volunteer, Sujood would accompany her sister while she volunteered. Having enjoyed the experience and the work TYO was doing, so Sujood decided to become a volunteer herself. She has been a volunteer with the After-school Academic Support for Kids program for one session. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? I trained with a Palestinian telecommunication company for 6 Continue reading…

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It’s Kanafah not Knefeh, bas tfaDal [But Help Yourself]

When my students ask, “What Palestinian foods have you eaten?” they always laugh at my response.  “No,” they tell me emphatically, “It’s kanafah, not knefeh.”  I pronounce the famous Nabulsi dessert in the Lebanese way, not the Palestinian.  And though there are obvious, clear differences between the cultures of the two countries, and even the culture of Palestinians living in Lebanon and Palestine, I cannot ignore the similarities of teaching in both. In both Lebanon and Palestine, Palestinian refugees face myriad challengers, and in both countries, they face them admirably.  While, more often than not, those living in Palestine and Continue reading…

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The Olive Harvest in Palestine: Teaching New Perspectives

In densely populated areas, it can be challenging for children and youth to find safe and open spaces to play freely. Many of TYO’s beneficiaries come from the Old City in Nablus and nearby refugee camps, which are heavily congested and offer limited prospects for healthy child development. In this week’s interview with Saba from the Old City, she shares how her daughter Aya, who is in the academic support program, has had the opportunity to connect with nature and learn through play at TYO.  Welcome Saba! Can you tell us about your family and how you got involved with Continue reading…

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I majored in IT for my degree at An-najah University and have since struggled to find a job. Last session I decided to volunteer at TYO and it was so much fun. I learned I love working with children because they are silly and make me smile. When I am here I am filled with so much happiness. Now I know that I enjoy my time working with children more than IT, so I hope to find a job where children are the focus. تخصصت بمجال التكنولوجيا في جامعة النجاح الوطنية ومنذ ذلك الحين وانا اواجه تحديات لايجاد وظيفة . Continue reading…

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Being Uniquely Me and the Curiosity of New Friends

I arrived in Nablus having lived in an Arabic-speaking country and having lived in a more conservative environment before. Whenever I am placed in the aforementioned environments, there is a tendency to want to conform. However, the most the liberating of options is to just be me and welcome all questions about my differences and individuality as a opportunity for an unique kind of cultural exchange. Since my arrival to Nablus it has been clear to me that I sometimes stand out for a number of reasons and that is ok because I was raised in culture where I was Continue reading…

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Sharing is Caring: Transforming Attitudes at TYO

The academic support program provides students between the ages of 9-13 with instruction in Arabic, Math, and English. Academic work is combined with interactive games to get children out of their chairs and learning on their feet. Some of the students who join the program face behavioral challenges and lack the necessary skills to resolve conflict. In this week’s interview with two brothers, Mohamed and Abdil, we learned how TYO’s programming teaches students that there are consequences to their actions and the value of sharing. These life lessons foster qualities that allow our students to become leaders in their own Continue reading…

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Boys often ask me, “Why are you teaching us sports?” As a Sports major at An-Najah University, a second degree black belt in taekwondo on the Palestinian national team, and a sports fan, I do not take these comments seriously. However, they show that a girl does not usually teach sports to boys. I aspire to change this belief by overcoming stereotypes and teaching that boys and girls can have equal opportunities and talents. يسالني الاولاد الذكور غالبا” لم تعلموننا الرياضه؟” كتخصص رئيسي في جامعه النجاح الوطنية , وحائزه على الدرجة التانية بالحزام الاسود بالتايكوندو ضمن الفريق الوطني الفلسطيني ومشجعه Continue reading…

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From China to Palestine: An Unexpected Journey

Life called me to TYO as I finished up my experience working with Peace Corps in China. I was drawn to the fellowship position as it combined both of my passions: education and experiencing the cultures of the world. As the taxi brought me into Nablus for my first time the wind was blowing into the car and the call to prayer began as it was 5:00 in the morning. All I can remember is an overwhelming feeling that once again life had brought me to the exact place I needed to be.  Following your passion, a career versus a Continue reading…