In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (February 1st), we pay tribute to the incredible female athletes at TYO. In a culture where boys typically take control of the field, girls at TYO break the gender stereotypes.
From basketball to soccer, volleyball to relay races, tug-of-war to hula hoops, this series highlights girls in sports.
Its only been a few weeks since a ceasefire was agreed upon between Israel and Hamas, but Gaza is still reeling from the destruction. We were lucky enough to get in touch with Rania Elhilou, the Media Relations Officer for ANERA in Gaza, to talk about her experience keeping her family safe during the offensive and what it was like to return to work after the hostilities were over.
Palestine Note’s “People for Palestine” profiles authors, filmmakers, journalists, activists, academics and others dedicated to freedom for Palestinians from all over the world.
Back to school season is finally here! The children at TYO’s Nablus center are looking forward to seeing their friends and teachers again.
One of the most important relationships formed at TYO is that of the mentor and mentee. Sometimes, the mentor is an adult but sometimes, the mentor can be a child or a fellow peer. No matter who the mentor, having a safe space and a friend in your classroom is crucial.
August, and the last weeks of summer, are finally upon us. While many of us may be looking toward the beginning of a new school year, too many children in Palestine have had to give up school in order to help their families make ends meet.
Child labor is a problem that plagues the Middle East. And Nablus is no exception. This series captures the lives of children in Nablus who must forgo schooling in order to work and support their families. Photos of homes, schools, and workplaces have displayed the harmful relationship between child labor and education. Students are spending all of their free time working instead of studying, or spending no time in school at all.
Roads and barriers in the West Bank / michael.loadenthal, Flickr
Yousef Munayyer - When I heard the tragic news last week about an accident involving a school bus near Jab’a that left several young Palestinian school children dead I was devastated by the details and began to think about how scared those children must have been and how difficult life will be for the families of those involved going forward. It is sad and horrifying any time innocent people, especially children, die or get injured.
I remembered taking the school bus on a daily basis here in the States from elementary school all the way through high school. Our buses always stopped at railroad tracks, even when there was no trains in sight or approaching. It was a policy to stop and have the bus driver open the door and look both ways. At the time, it seemed like an over-cautious waste of time to me but I know it reflects the utmost need to protect society’s most valuable assets; it’s children.
So as I continued to listen to the details I went from being sad, to confused and finally, to angry. Something didn’t make much sense to me.