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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

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Suzan Afaneh: A Palestinian Success Story

Suzan Afaneh is a 26 year old graduate from An-Najah University with a Marketing degree. Originally from Azmout Village outside Nablus, Susan has been a volunteer with TYO in the Core Early Childhood Program for one session. After graduation, she worked several jobs as a salesperson, but did not enjoy this type of work. She says she felt something missing from her life and from her personality that kept her from being a success in her career. It was a miserable experience for her and she felt disappointed with herself. She began to search for opportunities that would good for Continue reading…

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Answering the Call for Creativity

I spent my first Friday in Nablus with one of TYO’s youth volunteers and her family. She has five children and her oldest daughter had just begun her final year of high school. I was there for many hours enjoying lunch and was struck by her daughter’s dedication to studying for the Tawjihi, the matriculation exam used in Palestinian schools. As I helped her review some of her English comprehension, she explained that high marks determine where you can go to university and even dictate the job you can get. She explained that you begin to prepare for this exam Continue reading…

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An American in Nablus

When you are given a job that requires all of your undivided attention, like teaching English to 240 wonderful Palestinian children, it is easy to put blinders on and solely concentrate on the task at hand. When I was recently asked how I was exercising cross-cultural exchange I thought: I’m doing it every day by teaching English, a foreign language. It never occurred to me that I am, in fact, doing much more by merely being around the volunteers and staff at TYO. I speak very little Arabic and the language barrier has posed a number of challenges, many of which Continue reading…

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Racing Through The Alphabet

The kids were getting restless at the starting line. As the volunteers called out the student’s names, two came to life with excitement and rushed over to receive the ball they would use to complete the relay. The stakes were high— if the students didn’t remember what they were supposed to shout when they reached the finish line, they wouldn’t be allowed to pass the ball to their teammates. Beforehand, we reviewed the magic words and practiced how to enunciate them; however, apple and ball are not easy to remember when you’re running full speed ahead and being cheerfully encouraged Continue reading…

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Stepping Up Early Childhood Education

Earlier this month, Vicki Palmer – an early childhood teaching veteran and founder of TicTacTeach, an online community and resource center for early childhood educators – shared with us the Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education. For Palmer, the first few years of a child’s life are most important for teaching life skills: cooperation, resilience, enthusiasm for life-long learning, exposure to diversity and respect, concentration, patience, and self-esteem. Palmer notes, “When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future” – and there Continue reading…

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5 Ways to Strengthen ECE

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science recently published a new Call to Action and Policy Brief about how to fill children’s potential, through Early Childhood interventions. Through their extensive research they concluded that following five actions can make the greatest difference in children’s lives: Integrate nutrition and child development interventions for young children and their families, wherever possible. This includes interventions that have both nutrition and health components delivered simultaneously to the families and their children, with the objective that they reinforce each other and are cost-effective. Focus on learning and nutrition in early childhood by promoting high-quality family care. Early in life, Continue reading…

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TYO’s Spring 2015 Session: Looking Back, Stepping Forward

Last week, TYO wrapped up the Spring 2015 session of our Core early childhood education program. Reflecting on the past 4 months – particularly looking back on the February day children in our Core 4-5 year old program first stepped foot into the center – we have seen real and incredible growth in many of our children. Our Core team can certainly attest to the challenges that those first few days of the program present. For some children, it is their first time spending time away from their parents and familiar home environment, and so they struggle to adjust to a Continue reading…

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Masa, it’s ‘Kick’ not ‘Cake’!

It goes without saying English is at the forefront of international languages. Although it is not the most widely spoken language in the world, it is an official language in many countries. English is a critical language for business, media, diplomacy, technology, and the list goes on.  As globalization continues to connect people, expand the economy, and blur physical borders, learning English is becoming increasingly important for anyone entering the job market. Now, I am not going to pretend that learning English is the easiest thing in the world—but it is not impossible! At TYO, our English language classes prepare children Continue reading…

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A TYO Core Success Story: Mais and Suleiman

Reem is the mother of 4-year-old Mais and 8-year old Suleiman in TYO’s Core early childhood education program. She is from Qalqiliya and lives in Old Askar refugee camp with her husband, Mais, Suleiman, and their youngest daughter Maissam. What do Mais and Suleiman enjoy most about TYO? What do they talk about at home when they talk about TYO? Suleiman loves Arabic class with his teacher Mahmoud. He used to sing his class songs all evening after coming home from the center. His sisters picked up the same songs, so then Mais knew the class songs even before starting Continue reading…