Greetings from Nablus where summer classes have just finished up and as usual time has flown by! The Core Child Program begain piloting the Palestinian Preschool Peace and Conflict Education curriculum in partnership with Meridian International Center, the Palestinian Minitstry of Educaiton, and Pen Media, which will be adopted by schools nation wide as part of national curriculum. The Triple Exposure program developed the mobile workshop, Notes from Nablus: Portraits of Kids, By Kids, bringing cameras to the young photographers of Nablus' Refugee Camps; finished murals at Askar Boys' School and Nablus Basic School; and took photography field trips to Beit Feruik, Wadi Badan, and the Old City. Through out the summer, TYO continued to promote literacy in partnership with MEPI, integrating Scholastic’s My Arabic library into all classes to encourage reading and improve literacy inNablus’ children.
Teaching multiple classes at the TYO Center and English in neighboring village Salfeet; participating in weekly pool days and field days; and exploring Nablus and beyond – its safe to say we kept our interns busier than ever this summer. While at times a bit hectic, our dynamic group handled it all with tremendous professionalism and passion. We are extremely grateful for their commitment to the Nablus community and wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors. In case you missed them on the blog this summer, here are some of their favorite moments from Nablus: Amy and her students learn what’s right about being wrong; Alex shares the many voices of Nablus; Cate reflects on her new friendships with peers inNablus; Megan shares her experience at TYO inpictures; Samin bids apoetic farewell to her students; and Tala spends an evening with new friends.
As we say goodbye to our hard working summer interns as well as TYO's veteran Internship Coordinator, Chelsey Berlin, we also welcome Karen Campion and Clare Herceg, recipients of Princeton University's Henry R. Labouisse '26 Fellowship, who will be working on a variety of projects at TYO for the next year.
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