Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It’s Not Just Teaching English

If you just read the project name, a normal class room with a teacher writing on the board will be the first thing comes to your mind. But no, for us it’s much more than that.

The targeted groups of Let’s Learn English project are the simple people who live in marginal area. The majority of them are poor. Families don’t own money to pay fees around 100$ to get English course in special institute. They don’t have computers in their houses. They also live sad situation as all Palestinians. Moreover, they live under the Israeli Siege on Gaza since 2006. They have lived under fire for 22 days in the last Israeli war on Gaza.

The main issue of Let’s Learn English project is Education. We work as a team to achieve other issues: Human Rights, they have the right of Education and Play. Besides, we try to facilitate Education by using technology and media in workshops. For example, we use the LCD, laptop, video, song and game in order to make Education process easy and interested.

In addition to peace and conflict issue, we deal with children, mothers and youth have been affected by Israeli Occupation in several and horrible ways. I have noticed through my experience in social work that people usually participate in psychosocial support projects and they asked them to talk about their suffering or they benefit from emergency and humanitarian aid programs. Honestly, they need that, but they also need projects that educate them about their needs and promote them to play a good role in the society.

In the Let’s Learn English project, we work with women to enable them finding the strength and power in themselves to help their children in studying. They need projects that tell them about the hope in the future not talking all the time about the sad memories. We are working to change the stereotype about the Palestinians that they are terrorists. We want to show the beautiful photos of our children when they are happy in learning about months by drawing on balloons not the usual bloody photos.

Palestinians must prove to the world that we are educated people and we deserve to live just like others. These women and children are real examples of Palestinian’s desire to create the better future, but the only thing standing in their way is ISRAEL.


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