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Progress in Core AM: Participation, Perseverance, Practice, Play and Personal Development

It was 8 weeks ago that 27 four and five year-olds walked into the classroom and nervously eyeballed me, the foreigner, in their classroom. Our first learning intention was simple, they needed to learn how to correctly say ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’, it seemed like an easy task, but I was no kindergarten teacher, I was used to teaching teenagers literature and history.  But through some miracle, and the use of excessive amounts of my energy running in and out of a door saying hello and goodbye, I had most of them laughing and learning. Thankfully, most students waved, and warmly Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Ramsis Hijazi

Ramsis Hijazi, a volunteer in the International Internship Program and a current IT student at An-Najah National University shares his experience as a TYO volunteer. When did you start volunteering at TYO? I started volunteering in the summer of 2013- about 11 months ago. I’ve really enjoyed my experience here so I plan to reapply as volunteer at TYO next semesters until I graduate. How did you learn about TYO? I learned about Tomorrow’s Youth Organization from the President’s Assistant in the Graduate Affairs Office at An Najah University. I was always involved in many activities there, so they told me about the Continue reading…

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Unlocking the door to employment opportunities

As we’ve been discussing a lot recently, youth unemployment remains a tremendous worldwide concern. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently reported in follow-up to the release of an International Labor Organization study on Global Youth Unemployment trends, 40% of the world youth a unemployed. Though there are many negative social and economic concerns stemming from this issue, one of the main areas of interest for us at TYO is how underemployment and unemployment effects skills stagnation.  Tomorrow’s Youth Organization tries to help the youth in Nablus to be prepared for jobs by developing their skills. According to the 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…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Reem Radwan

With generous support from the Abdul –Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), TYO offers professional competency classes at An-Najah National University to enrolled university students. It is TYO’s aim to equip students with the professional skills needed to obtain employment post-graduation and provide them with the confidence needed to excel in their new ventures. Volunteer Coordinator, Ruba Hayfayda, interviews Reem Radwan, a student enrolled in the professional competency class to get her insights as to what she has gained from the class. Reem Radwan is a senior student in Geography at An-Najah National University and plans to begin working directly following her Continue reading…

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Playing, ICTs and Learning: Three for the price of one!

TYO has long had a reputation with Nabulsi children for being fun and promoting play. But this session, they’re getting a good deal, one might say three for the price of one. That is playing, learning English and using ICTs. Contrary to popular belief, playing isn’t just about having fun. For children, playing is one of the primary ways that they learn. Many elements of higher order thinking are involved with play, including problem solving, experimentation, tactile learning, creativity, team work, cooperation, independence, evaluation, and reflection. Furthermore, classroom pedagogy has moved beyond children sitting in rows, not talking and listening Continue reading…

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Exposure to disability can improve children attitudes towards involvement in their communities

In the Nablus community not all people are treated equally. Typically it is assumed such inequalities are limited to gender- but the unfortunate reality is that many other groups are pushed to the wayside as well- most particularly people with disabilities. There are two primary reasons people with disabilities do not enjoy equal treatment in Nabulsi society:   1)    The community does not support people with special needs. Decision-makers are too focused on addressing structural issues and economic uncertainties that special needs populations frequently slip through the cracks.   2)   The community lacks the expertise needed to support people with Continue reading…

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Reimagining Language Learning

  As a teacher who grew up attending public schools, I saw first-hand how other children struggled with the Arabic language, and how much they did not enjoy the language as a result. For me, however, Arabic always came easy. As a result, I feel it is my responsibility to not just teach the children the alphabet and the basics of language but to spark in them a desire to truly learn and absorb themselves in the language- to one-day become expert readers, writers, and thinkers. Over the course of the 12 week Core Child Program, children 4 and 5 Continue reading…

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Computer, English, and Ensuring Success: Update on FWEME Incubation

Email, Microsoft Office, and Internet research seem like basic tools for most businesswomen- the simplest factors that make sure enterprises are well equipped to thrive in the modern market. But for women entrepreneurs in Palestine, access to IT education isn’t always easy to find. That’s why TYO has provided intensive English and computer courses for the 13 FWEME entrepreneurs- running from late February to early March, three weeks of classes equipped women with knowledge on professional email etiquette, presentation development, social media marketing, and delivering elevator speeches. But the information gained isn’t just for the classroom- and over the past Continue reading…

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We are all similar, we are all different

Children at ages 4-5 years who live in the most disadvantaged areas of Nablus camps- have limited exposure to the world. Few of the children in my classes have ever been to other cities within Palestine, such as Ramallah, Jenin, or Bethlehem. And most of my children do not have any opportunities to travel outside Palestine- even to the neighboring countries of Jordan and Egypt. The main reason behind the limited exposure to the world is the financial situation of the parents and the complicated political context in which we live. Lack of exposure for children at young ages prevents Continue reading…