myvoicemyschool autumn 2015


#myvoicemyschool, running for a second year, is an educational project linking Palestine refugee youth in Syria with their peers in England and Belgium. Through live video conversations and customized teaching materials, students and teachers explore how education can help them meet their future aspirations. Each class will define and develop an advocacy project to promote and share their ideas. The project is developed in collaboration with Digital Explorer. Read more.


Meet our students

Eliya
Palestine School, Damascus
Hamza
Ramleh/al-Shajarah School, Homs
Doha
Alma/Yarmouk School, Qabr Essit camp, Seyyada Zeinab

Having lost her father in the conflict and now living alone with her mother, Eliya finds relief when playing the guitar. For her, school is a place of stability and where she can make friends. As one of her friends says, education is a cornerstone to achieve her personal goals.

Originally from Yarmouk and internally displaced many times, Hamza now lives with his mother and sister in Homs. For him, school is a source of stability. His teachers are like his friends who support him in his artistic pursuits. He hopes to one day become an architect, where he can apply his drafting skills.

Having returned to her home in Qabr Essit camp where UNRWA rebuilt the Alma/Yarmouk School, Doha's home is an island of safety, despite the damages it incurred during fighting in the area. Her favourite part of school is the psychosocial activities where she finds relief from the stress of the conflict.

Hafsa
Aurelio
Mushfique

Hafsa is one of five girls in her family. Her favourite aspect of school is the team-building projects, such as the garden she and her classmates cultivated on the roof of their school. The project presented the opportunity for students to learn to work with one another.

Originally from Italy but now living in Belgium, Aurelio attends the European School IV. The student body is made up of students from many different countries. As a result, respect is an important value promoted by the school. Aurelio believes that he needs to pursue his aspirations and study hard to reach his ambitions.

Mushfique is from Bow in East London. He explains that life in Britain is not always easy because of crime and homelessness. For him, school is important as he thinks it can help him improve his lifestyle. He hopes to become a doctor as he enjoys science and helping people.


What Our Students Are Up To

Palestine School, Damascus,  18 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad Ramleh/al-Shajarah  School,  Homs, 16 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid  Mohammad Palestine School,  Damascus, 18 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
Palestine School, Damascus, 18 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad Ramleh/al-Shajarah School,  Homs, 16 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad Palestine School, Damascus, 18 November © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad

Ala'a and Anas, two students from the Palestine School in Damascus, discuss a question about quality education before presenting it to their peers at the Oaklands School in London via the class's virtual Skype exchange.

The #myvoicemyschool virtual classroom exchanges kicked off in Homs first, with Palestine refugee students discussing the value of education with their peers in Belgium.

Nisreen Balbisi says: "The experience was exciting though it was hard at the beginning. The students from the UK were really open. I was glad to meet people from a different country. It was my first time using this kind of technology. I developed my conversation skills and learned about communicating with others.


What is #myvoicemyschool?

#myvoicemyschool is a student voice project which gives young people a say in their education and future.

Palestine refugee youth living in Syria and their peers from schools in Belgium and the United Kingdom are taking part in a school-based project where they explore how education can be improved to help them meet their aspirations through virtual exchanges and in-class work.

Over three months, through live Skype video conversations and customized teaching materials, students and teachers explore the idea of quality education. Each class defines and develops a student voice project inspired by the discussion between the European and Palestine refugee students.

The classroom project provides the students the opportunity to work with different traditional and multimedia tools to share ideas internationally and to package and broadcast their finished projects to local and global audiences.

The project is implemented by UNRWA and Digital Explorer. Digital Explorer is a London-based community interest company. It is a pioneer in the development of innovative real-world learning programmes, where global citizenship topics are explored through teacher, pupil and expert collaboration.

At the end of #myvoicemyschool 2014, The Social Good Skype Team published a story of the exchange that happened in the autumn of 2014. Read the story.


Learning Resources

New Teachers' Booklet
About the resources
Download lessons

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UNRWA has co-developed a joint curriculum for use by schools engaged in the #my voicemyschool  project. Resources for educators include a Teacher's Booklet that gives an overview of the project, as well as lesson-by-lesson teaching packs, each of which contains a lesson overview, detailed teacher guidance, student sheets and a supporting slideshow.

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Teacher Booklet

EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

Through its Education in Emergencies (EiE) programme, UNRWA ensures access to quality education for Palestine refugees affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, including children in Syria and those who have fled to neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan.

The UNRWA Education in Emergencies response includes the provision of psychosocial support, survival skills and alternative learning modalities. The programme also provides staff and school children in higher risk areas with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure their safety and enable the effective delivery of education services.

The effectiveness of the EiE response is due to the dedication of education staff and the adoption of a holistic and integrated three-phased approach. Through this approach, children are given the type of support they need to continue their education despite the ongoing crisis.


Developed in collaboration with

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With thanks to our funding partners

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