The Civil Education Unit

Project Leaders for the Preservation of Heritage: funded by the Welfare Association in the value of 30K USD. The project benefited 500 student participants between the 1st of May, 2009 and the 31st of December, 2009. The project aimed at preserving the Palestinian national heritage and to encourage students to showcase their creativity. Also, the project aimed at preventing the Palestinian heritage from being plagiarized, and to promote the national heritage amongst young Jerusalemites. The project was made up of a training session for 20 students at their schools discussed the national heritage of the Palestinians through film, competitions, and cultural evenings. The sessions also discussed the students’ roles as citizens in the attempts to preserve the culture and defend it. Finally, girls were taught the art of embroidery, and the students were invited to feature their talents through cultural evenings.

The Project to Enhance Knowledge Regarding Elections: Between the 15th of July, 2005 and the 15th of September, 2005, the cooperative carried out educational sessions funded by Project Empower/ Advocacy for Democracy and the Civil Society. The project cost was 19,291 USD which covered 47 meetings and was able to reach out for 1291 women residing in refugee camps and marginalized remote villages between the ages of 18 and 45. The areas covered were: The Kalandia Refugee Camp, Beitillo, Beit Liqia, Mazare’, Shibteen, Qibia, Deir Qiddis, Kharbatha Bani Hareth, Shaqba, Kufor Nama, Beit Rima, Budros, Farkha, Bilin, Nilin, Jadera, Ramallah, Mrada, Turmosaya, Silfeet, Beit Ajza, Arura, Qarawat Bani Zeid, and Beit Surik. The Cooperative held its sessions at three locations: At-Tira College, where it held four sessions that were attended by 274 female students, two sessions at the Palestine Technical School for Girls that were attended by 56 students, and one meeting at the Jerusalem Open University with the attendance of 21 students of both genders. College students which benefited from these sessions totaled 351 students of both genders. Each meeting discussed an array of subjects regarding the elections such as: The importance of elections in general, the role of the legislative council and the tasks of the council deputies. Choosing the right candidate and setting the right standards in choosing. Means to gathering information regarding candidates.
The articles of the new amended election law including the electoral system. Participating at the election campaigns. The importance of registering for elections and casting one’s vote. Practical training took place during some of these sessions, including a mock election with a mock ballot box where participants were asked to cast their votes for their candidates while others nominated themselves for these elections and carried out their election campaign. The concept of the electoral program, which must remain realistic and must realize the interests of the voters.

The Project to Enhance Knowledge Regarding Elections: between the 10th of December, 2005 and the 9th of January, 2006, the cooperative carried out training sessions which were funded by Project Empower/ Advocacy for Democracy and the Civil Society in the value of 12,273 USD. With the participation of 466 women, 231 men and 309 students of both genders, 32 sessions were held at 15 different locations in the central area of the West Bank/ Ramallah and al-Bireh. The areas included: Kalandia Refugee Camp, Deir Ammar Refugee camp, Jalazone Refugee Camp, Beit Ijza, Mrada, Beit Surik, Farkha, Kufor Nima, Arura, Shiqba, Mazare’, Kharbatha Bani Hareth and Qarawat Bani Zeid. This was the first time our cooperative carried out training sessions at institutes for higher education: the Ibn Sina College, At- Tira College, Palestine Technical University, the Teacher’s College, Jerusalem Open University, Kalandia Camp Training Institute.

The Health Campaign for Promoting Healthy Practices: The project was funded by Maram in the value of 68,040 USD between the 2nd of May, 2003 and the 1st of May, 2004. Health awareness dispatches were distributed amongst women discussing the following subjects:
Encouraging natural breast feeding during the first six months of a child’s age.
- Lowering the rates of anemia amongst women, especially during pregnancy.
- Improved home remedies for diarrhea
- Improved home remedies during acute respiratory infections (ARI)
All refugee camps and marginalized remote villages in the areas of Ramallah, al-Bireh and Jerusalem were covered: Ein Areek, Qaddura Refugee Camp, Kufor Nama, Jamala, Kalandia Refugee Camp, Deir Ammar Refugee Camp, the village of Deir Ammar, al-Awda Refugee Camp, Beitillo, Jadeera, Beit Ur, Beit Anan, Ama’ari Refugee Camp, Jalazone Refugee camp, Nilin, Kharbatha Bani Harith, Deir Qiddis, Rafat, Kufor Aqab, Jeeb, Biddu, Beit Surik, Beit Liqia, Deir Bzi’, and Bir Nabala. The target group was Palestinian women and students (directly) and their families (indirectly). The project was successful at reaching out to 7785 women and 9921 students of both genders from 7th graders up to 11th graders at 15 locations: Beit Anan, Biddu, Bir Nabala, Kufor Nama, Deir Bzi’, Deir Ammar RC, the village of Deir ammar, Beitillo, Kharbatha Bani Hareth, Nilin, Bilin, al-Am’ari RC, Deir Qiddis, Jadeera, and Kufor Aqab. Also indirectly, the project reached out for 39983 children, and 6029 men.

Civil Education Sessions: As part of the project Forty Palestinian Women and Girls. The project aimed at improving the women’s capabilities in the arts of art of sewing and industrial details. The project was held between the 30th of June, 2005 and the 1st of July, 2004 which covered 313 meetings, an added 73 meetings to what was originally planned after which all participants graduated. Originally. The project planned at meeting with 3600 women; however, 4961 women arrived at the meetings. With an added 1361 women than originally planned, it was meant that the cooperative had to display its full capacity to reach its target (through daily and monthly progress reports).
Also indirectly, the project reached out to 14989 children, which was the number of children of the participants at the cultural sessions.
On the 19th of July, 2005, the participants at the sewing training course graduated. While the participants at the civil education sessions graduated on the 14th of December, 2004, the 3rd of March, 2005 and the 19th of May, 2005. Two groups were graduated: the first included school students, and the other included women. On the 26th of May, 978 women graduated from the following areas: Qibia, Qarawat Bani Zeid, Kalandia Camp RC, Deir Ammar RC, the village of Deir Ammar, Beitillo, Jamala, Beit Liqia, Deir Qiddis, Kharbatha Bani Hareth, Biddu,

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