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Let’s Get Down to Business.

In a recent publication by Brookings: Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Requires Investing in Young Children Today: The Importance of Early Childhood Development we are reminded again of the imperative and critical need of early childhood education especially in low-income countries. So why aren’t we using what works? While the article highlights four compelling reasons – the one that resonates with us at TYO is the lack of the private sector partnerships. For years, we have witnessed the gap between university graduates skills-readiness and private sector needs in Palestine. We have listened as executives in profit-driven companies have lamented about the lack Continue reading…

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Nikon Not Believe It’s Already Over

It seems like just yesterday that I was packing my bags for Nablus. The last three months have been a blur and an adventure. My experience at TYO involved much more than just teaching photography classes. On top of professional competency courses at an-Najah University, staff English classes, and the Women’s Group IT classes, I developed a bond with my students and a unique appreciation for the context in which they live. TYO’s commitment to the Nabulsi community is a unique and singular endeavor in the northern West Bank. As the only American NGO in Nablus, TYO has the sole Continue reading…

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A Photo Finish for Triple Exposure

Triple Exposure classes aim to engage Nabulsi children with their personal identities and community through photography. In their final week of classes, students reviewed their work from the last several weeks, during which they designed and created posters to address critical issues in their community. Students confronted smoking, school conditions, child labor, environmental issues, a lack of space to play, and cramped living conditions in a neighborhood campaign designed to encourage young Nabulsis to be active and productive citizens of Palestine. With 70% of Palestine’s population under the age of 29, constructive civic participation is vital to the country’s future Continue reading…

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Framing Critical Issues in Nablus

Getting kids to appreciate civic engagement in any part of the world is difficult, but getting them to appreciate and confront critical issues in Nablus is especially challenging given the environment in which they grow up. After successive decades of conflict and political strife, the status quo in Nablus has been dim, but at this point, it is accepted. Despite this, TYO challenges students to look beyond their community’s trials and see the potential for positive change. This has been difficult in light of the Palestinian context. For example, one of my students comes from a home in which nine Continue reading…

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Making Change Click

In the ten years between 1997 and 2007, Nablus experienced a 20% growth in population. Living conditions are cramped—to say the least. Schools are over capacity, child labor is rampant, and there are few places for children to play. To make matters worse, the West Bank’s environment has long been a neglected casualty of the region’s volatile political circumstances. Stringent environmental regulations in the region have resulted in waste disposal solutions that bring tons of garbage to the West Bank. As politics increasingly limits Palestinians’ access to landfills, the Environmental Authority has claimed that pesticides have been dumped near Hebron Continue reading…

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Agitating for Change: TYO’s Photographers Take a Shot at Advocacy

This week, Triple Exposure is beginning its third and final theme of the session: change in storytelling. Students will explore how photography can be used as a medium for eliciting change in their communities. Classes will tackle issues such as smoking, child labor, and environmental issues. Over the next four weeks, each child will compile their work from throughout the session and build photo essays that use story to advocate for a community issue that is important to them. In one of this week’s activities, students teamed up to use the camera as a medium to take on a hypothetical Continue reading…

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Exposing Challenges and Developing Opportunities

Studies have shown that a sense of community contributes to a child’s academic performance, builds social capital, and fosters wellbeing. For one student, Abdul, this is crucial to the development of his identity as a Nabulsi and as a Palestinian. Abdul no longer attends school and has gone to work to help support his family. Child labor is a known indicator of poverty, a function of family income, and a conclusive agent of high underage employment rates. 21.4% of Palestinian households live in poverty and as a result, more than 45,000 Palestinian children between the ages of 10 and 17 Continue reading…

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Communicating Community through Photography

This is week two of Triple Exposure’s focus on the theme of community and students have spent their photography classes peering beyond the confines of TYO and the surrounding neighborhood. Triple Exposure classes have been encouraging students from Khallet to look at their community from a new perspective. Focusing on their neighborhood challenges TYO’s photographers to examine the role their own identities play in defining what it means to be from Nablus and field trips provoke them to recognize the connections their city has with Palestine, the Middle East, and the world as a whole. Visually expressing these concepts both Continue reading…

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Community Close-Ups with Triple Exposure

TYO’s photography students began the second module of Triple Exposure’s curriculum this week when they began to explore their communities with the camera. TYO encourages students to explore their place within Nablus and Nablus’ place within Palestine, the Middle East, and the world.  Activities like this one are designed to give students the tools to focus on personal citizen identities by connecting with their neighborhoods and more extensive surroundings.  By leaving the confines of the classroom and venturing into the heart of Nablus, Triple Exposure students have an opportunity to look at their city from a completely new perspective. This Continue reading…

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Triple Exposure ‘Lens’ Students the Tools to Develop Their Self-Identities

Over the past three weeks, students in TYO’s Triple Exposure Photography Program have been using new camera techniques to creatively express themselves through photography. Self-portraits have challenged students to place themselves, the photographers, in front of the camera before anything else. Enhancing their self-awareness and personal identities has been the first step toward capturing their individual perspectives of life in Nablus. In doing this, TYO’s amateur photographers have sought to transcend language and visually express who they are, where they come from, and how they feel. By using photography to represent how they see themselves, what they wish they were like, Continue reading…