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My Voice – My School Student Advocates Present Their Ideas To Achieve ‘Quality Education’ In Their Schools
14 June 2017
My Voice-My School is an education project that empowers youth by giving them a voice and the opportunity to communicate across borders on issues that matter to them. It puts children at the heart of the conversation about what Sustainable Development Goal 4, ‘Quality Education’, should look like. It appeals to the international community to continue prioritizing education funding, particularly in the context of the Gaza and Syria crises.
Supported by the European Union and contributors to the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal, My Voice-My School links schools globally to collaborate in a joint class project. Over a 12-week period, students from schools in Europe, the United States, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria explore what constitutes quality education, develop a classroom project on how to improve their own education and share their respective conclusions with their peers abroad via three online exchanges.
The turmoil faced by people in Gaza, Syria and the broader region makes education all the more precious for the half a million Palestine refugee students enrolled in over 700 UNRWA schools. Education builds resilience and generates hope, especially during conflict and protracted crises. This innovative project allows students to break the isolation brought on by war and occupation and gives them a sense of solidarity across borders as they learn to advocate for their education and future.