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A final goodbye

On our last day of session at TYO, we took the children to the pool. Most of the kids could not contain their excitement and began splashing at the earliest possible moment. Ghazal didn’t follow suit. In the five weeks that I taught her English, she did not once smile. This was despite many efforts through group play and crafts that were meant to advance the kids’ English ability. But somehow, with the help of one of the Core AM teachers, we were able to get Ghazal to join the others in the pool. She only stuck her feet in Continue reading…

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The Last Post!

“Khalto Eve! Khalto Eve!” My class waved at me for the last time from the windows of their school buses, and I waved back as they disappeared into the distance. TYO’s summer program has flown by, but the faces that left me behind were happy. It did not feel like that would be our last goodbye, and I began to reflect upon my experiences over the past couple of months, and several memories of TYO stood out in particular. Whilst working for the Student Training and Employment Program (STEP!) at An-Najah National University, the vast changes in the students between Continue reading…

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Learning to communicate : if talking is silver listening is gold

Communication is a difficult concept to teach in our culture- not just in Palestine but also in the Middle East at large. In our community and with our target groups we find, generally speaking, that authority figures- such as parents and teachers- struggle to send clear messages to children as they never learned how to properly express themselves or how to vary their means of communication for different recipients. This is further complicated by the fact that children themselves are still learning how to interact with the world around them, and thus are not always capable of properly interpreting messages Continue reading…

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No Playing, No Learning

Through our daily encounters with Palestinian children at TYO we have noticed a phenomena – children here have a uniquely large capacity for memorization. This led us to question whether or not children were thinking critically during their English sessions. We observed students could, for example, easily see the word “APPLE” and say “Apple!”, but could not write the word when prompted without visual cues. As is true for many parts of the Middle East, Palestine’s educational system “relies heavily on traditional means of teaching where students are silent receivers.” Our classrooms are a stark contrast from the traditional educational Continue reading…

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Discovering the World through Play

Learning about geography and different cultures is fundamental to a better understanding of the world. Unfortunately for the children from TYO’s target group, most never get the opportunity to learn about the world that exists outside the refugee camps. They view the camps as the whole universe. At TYO we understand that the key to unlocking a more promising future is exposing children to ideas outside the borders they’ve learned to accept. TYO is helping children to learn about different cultures through fun activities and building relationships with foreigners thanks to the  International Internship Program. TYO provides free psychosocial programming Continue reading…

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Community and Country in TYO’s Children’s Eyes

At TYO, our focus and goals is to improve children’s social interactions, and increase the way they see and appreciate themselves with the hope of equipping the next generation of leaders with the tools they need to resolve problems positively and peacefully. In week three of our summer program, we focused on introducing children to new experiences and life skills which help them to develop as individuals, but also increase their sense of belonging and commitment to their community. As a teacher, I believe my focus with the children should be on increasing the confidence in children, so they will Continue reading…

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Learning about our families!

This week children in TYO’s Core Child morning and afternoon programs just completed their second week of summer programming. They learned all about their families. Family plays one of the most important parts in one’s life. The people that surround children as they grow and develop play a tremendous role in refining personalities, creating a sense of identity, and molding ways of thinking. With that in mind, one of TYO’s goals is to work on the concept of family with children for this week so they can develop a strong understanding of their families, learn how to appreciate them, and how Continue reading…

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Reflecting on Progress

The Spring 2014 Core Child program came to an end last week. We spent the last 12 weeks working with children from some of Nablus’s most disadvantaged areas. The activities we implemented in our classes were designed to help children develop socially, with the goal of having them learn to appreciate their role and value within their communities. We’ve addressed two main themes in our holistic early education classes: Me & My Community, and Communication and Collaboration. As Core teachers we work as a team to root values in children such as respect and collaboration, and design lesson plans aimed Continue reading…

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Delivering tools for success

In the early childhood development stages, seemingly small problems which might appear trivial to adults can actually be rooted into much more significant problems later in life, if never addressed. For that and many other reasons, at TYO we emphasize the importance of teaching children critical-thinking and problem-solving techniques to help children overcome their problems. Independent problem-solving increases children’s self-respect and gives them a sense of belonging within their community as effective and reliable individuals. Our particular emphasis at TYO is peaceful resolution to problem-solving. Young children tend to model the behavior of adults around them, so when they see Continue reading…

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Rethinking Soccer

It’s no secret that sport has the ability to unite people- especially soccer. Around the world families, neighbors, and friends crowd small TV sets just to catch a match with their favorite team. Like children and adults alike across the world, our kids at TYO love playing soccer. Play has long been understood to provide children with the experiences they need in order to learn social skills and values. But unlike many other health and fitness programs, the purpose when we play soccer at TYO isn’t scoring a goal- it’s developing ourselves to become better teammates, neighbors, and people. The Continue reading…