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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…

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Teaching is a Work of Heart

Offering a hand—in other words—helping one another, is a concept that does not require translation. In my time here, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that all volunteers and teachers have given me to ensure the quality of education TYO’s kids receive. Working with these individuals has taught me so much about the importance of community work. The sense of community is definitely present here at TYO; it is at the heart of TYO, and without it, this organization would look entirely different. As a first time teacher, I am always looking for ways to improve my Continue reading…

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Learning by Doing: A Lesson for All Ages

Earlier this month, a Forbes article on unconventional and experiential learning caused a stir in education circles. The writer Jason Ma pointed to the overly theoretical and impractical approach taken by most U.S. universities, and then described a new trend that is changing how we approach higher education: alternative, experience-based learning. The article goes on to profile higher education institutions across the U.S. that are taking exactly that approach, incorporating personalized and experience-based instruction. The result? What Ma describes a “a sound combination of mindset and skill set” that prepares young adults to enter the workforce and give back to their Continue reading…

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Salam and Mayar: A Multigenerational Success Story

Enter the first floor of TYO’s center, and – from a quick glance at the colorful, festive classrooms and the sound of children laughing and playing – you would likely think that TYO is an early childhood education center. But as you walk up to the second, third, and fourth floors, you would discover the many generational layers that make up TYO’s work: on the second floor, a group of youth learning photography from TYO’s international interns; on the third, university students participating in employability trainings; on the fourth, mothers of the first floor children letting off steam during Zumba or sharpening their IT skills Continue reading…

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My First TYO Lesson: Learning Through Play

When it comes to teaching – especially for first-timers like myself – it’s easy to fall into the safe and traditional style of teaching we’re all used to: standing in front of the class, reciting, and having the children respond back. For years, teachers and educators around the world did just that and believed it to be effective; they never would have considered play as a way to teach (never mind an essential part of learning!). What is “play” anyway? Play is recreation, amusement, or in “kid terms” – fun! Even more, says special education professional and creator of Play Continue reading…

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Say What? It’s Never Too Early to Become Bilingual

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) is unique in that its beneficiaries are both women and children residing in Nablus’ surrounding refugee camps and neighborhoods. After teaching mothers in The Women’s Group and entrepreneurs in WISE II, I was presented with a challenge I was thrilled to meet: teach English to the children of TYO’s Core Child Program. TYO’s Core Child Program sets children ages four-to-eight on a path to self-discovery through play and non-formal education. I had already taught many of the children’s mothers and was excited to have the opportunity to engage with and educate another generation of TYO beneficiaries. Continue reading…

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Welcoming our Summer 2015 intern, Ashley!

TYO is thrilled to welcome Ashley as a Summer 2015 intern to Nablus! Ashley recently gradated from the University of Redlands, California with a double major in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. While still at university, Ashley worked as Sexual Violence Program Coordinator facilitating workshops on consent, alcohol, sexual violence and active bystanding. Ashley was also a mentor at the Students Together Empowering Peers program where she supported incoming freshman on stress and time-management, writing, and organization skills. Ashley has was a lead coordinator and counselor at a summer day camp teaching children ages 5-12. Ashley also worked with “I’m Going Continue reading…