SCHOOLS FOR PALESTINE
In Palestine a youth group organised their peers to do advocacy and mobilise funds to reclaim the right to education for the next generation
In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the education system is in disrepair, largely as a result of the Israeli occupation. Nevertheless, in Mreish, a village near Hebron in the southern part of Palestine, a small energetic youth group have achieved great improvements of the local school.
Through a persistent effort the youth group managed to raise almost 50.000 USD for the school. Beside of ensuring a general upgrade of the education quality, the money was spent on constructing six new classrooms. Not only did the youth group manage to ensure local education for all children from the village – they also set new and very concrete standards for what young people can accomplish collectively. The story of the youth group was acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and has inspired other young people to start their own youth groups.
For more than four years the youth group consisting of 15 active members have been supported by by ActionAid Palestine and ActionAid’s Global Platform in Palestine through different forms of action-oriented capacity development.