My Voice My School

Welcome to
My Voice My School

In the last four years, over 900 students in the Middle East, Europe and the USA have worked together through online exchanges to share their vision and advocate for a quality education for every child, wherever they are.


My Voice-My School is an education project which empowers Palestine refugee children by giving them a voice and the opportunity to communicate with their peers overseas on issues dear to them. For the last four years, it has put children at the heart of the conversation on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 ‘Quality Education’ and what it means to them.

My Voice-My School is a joint project between UNRWA and Digital Explorer. It reflects the principles and practices of the UNRWA education reform and its Education in Emergencies Programme through its focus on student participation. Students are encouraged to share ideas about teaching, learning, and the use of technology in the classroom.


Palestine refugee children in UNRWA schools in Syria and Gaza will be paired with peers in the Flanders region, the Kingdom of Belgium, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Through the use of online video exchanges, digital media and education resources, children develop the skills to advocate for their education and future.

Running over twelve weeks, students explore SDG4 by developing classroom projects which they share with their peers overseas. The multimedia content produced during the project is used to amplify the students' voices through UNRWA and partners' social media platforms.



UNRWA has co-developed with Digital Explorer resources for schools running the project. The free resources for teachers include a Teacher’s Booklet that gives an overview of the project and lesson-by lesson teaching packs. Each pack contains a lesson overview, detailed teacher guidance, student sheets and a supporting slideshow.

The resources aim to support teachers and students when using video chat as an educational tool and help teachers to plan lessons around nine project topics. Teachers are provided with training on project-based learning and methods to use technology in the classroom.


Resources for teachers


Students are given the unique opportunity to meet and discuss with their peers their views about Quality Education during online video exchanges. The lively exchanges provide insight on how living conditions affect students’ education. Media is invited to attend the exchange and UNRWA media assets are made freely available to outlets covering the story. To date, the project has been featured in CNN, BBC World Service, BBC Spotlight Southwest, BBC School Report, Capital Radio, The Evening Standard, Mashable and Skype in the Classroom blog.

My Voice My School in the press

Developed in cooperation with

Digital Explorer logo

Digital Explorer is an award-winning education social enterprise based in London. A pioneer in the development of innovative exchange programs, Digital Explorer supports teachers and pupils in schools internationally to engage with and take action on critical global issues from cultural conflict to climate change.

With special thanks to our donors

Flanders (State of the Art) logo
Belgian Development Cooperation logo

Relations between UNRWA and the Kingdom of Belgium date back to 1953. In line with its main objective for humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, Belgium is a staunch supporter of UNRWA. Since 2010, Belgium has supported the Agency with over EUR 70 million. This includes annual contributions to the Agency’s Programme Budget as well as support to specific projects, such as Education in Emergencies, and other UNRWA emergency operations in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Syria Emergency Appeal logo

Thanks to generous donors to the Syria Appeal, My Voice My School has been funded for a fourth year giving Palestine refugee students from Syria a voice. The student advocacy project is running in Bergen, Norway and in London, United Kingdom. Click here for more information on UNRWA emergency activities in Syria and donor support.

And Partners

UNESCO & UNESCO Associated Schools logo UNESCO & Flemish Commission for UNESCO logo Qatar Foundation International logo
Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education