From School Parliament Leader to West Bank Director of Operations for a Day

15 May 2017
Reem Yaghy speaks with a journalist from Al Quds Network. © 2017 UNRWA  Photo by Yahia Masswadeh

Earlier this week, Reem Yaghy, a 14-year-old ninth grader from the Aqbat Jabr UNRWA Basic Girls School, became the Director of UNRWA Operations (DUO) in the West Bank for a day. Together with West Bank DUO Scott Anderson and a number of UNRWA officials, Reem began her day of meetings and site visits at the UNRWA Jerusalem Area Office.

Reem speaks with the UNRWA Jalazone Girls School Parliament team.  © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Yahia Masswadeh
Reem speaks with the UNRWA Jalazone Girls School Parliament team. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Yahia Masswadeh

Reem’s first official action as DUO was to inaugurate ‘DUO for A Day’ as an annual event. Next, Reem met with UNRWA Jerusalem area chiefs of the health and education programmes. She inquired about the challenges that they face and relayed the importance of the resolution of these issues to Scott. 

Reem and Scott continued on a field visit to the UNRWA Girls School in Jalazone refugee camp. While there, she met with her fellow school parliamentarians and discussed community initiatives.

The UNRWA Jalazone Girls School Parliament team with Reem and DUO Scott Anderson. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Yahia Masswadeh
The UNRWA Jalazone Girls School Parliament team with Reem and DUO Scott Anderson. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Yahia Masswadeh

Journalists were also given the opportunity to speak with Reem in her new official capacity.  She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to step into this leadership role and her excitement to work with UNRWA. She emphasized the importance of education to Palestine refugee children.

Reem exemplifies this value for education through her own dedication to her studies. She maintains the highest GPA in her school, with an average of 94 per cent, and spends her free time attending capacity-building seminars to train for school parliamentary competitions both inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). She is currently the head of the UNRWA school parliament for the central and south West Bank region.

At the end of the day, Scott praised Reem’s efforts, stressing the importance of youth-focused activities like DUO for a Day. He reiterated his support for enhancing the empowerment opportunities for available to Palestine refugee students.

Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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