With the participation of 7,000 students, Al Nayzak and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education close Badir Programme
Ramallah – Gaza Al Nayzak for Supportive Education and Scientific innovation have celebrated the closing of the second cycle “Badir- Adolescents for Positive Change 2016” Programme, in a grand ceremony in the Convention Palace in Bethlehem and in the Red Crescent Center in Gaza. Attending the ceremony were His Excellency Dr. Sabri Seidam, minister of the Education and Higher Education, Mrs. June Junugi, Special Representative of Unicef, Mr. Hiroyuki Kajita, First Secretary and Head of Economic Cooperation at the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, and Eng. Aref Husseini, chairman of Al Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education and Scientific Innovation. The ceremony was also attended by a number of partner municipality heads and directors of education directorates, and with participation of supervisors and school teachers, and students.
The second cycle of Badir is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Unicef, and with funding from the Japanese Government. Around 7000 students from 7th, 8th and 9th grades have participated in the program, from 94 schools in 8 directorates in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. The adolescents enrolled in weekly training workshops focusing on capacity building and skills enhancement of scientific research, critical and creative thinking, communication, and the design and implementation of initiatives. The adolescents have planned and implemented 195 initiatives based on scientific research, and aimed to solve societal problems in creative methods. The initiatives were diversified in topics including scientific, social, intellectual and humanistic
The ceremony included a tour around the exhibition of the best 45 initiatives, where adolescents presented their initiatives to Dr. Sabri Seidam and high level visitors. The ceremony was then initiated and honored the best 40 initiatives on a national level.
In his speech, Eng. Aref Husseini expressed his pride and gratitude of the adolescents’ achievements and their innovative and creative initiatives which reflect a deep understanding of the society, and show a high level of entrepreneurship and leadership, and expressed his hope and confidence in a better future filled with passionate leaders. Eng. Husseini praised the strategic partnership with the Ministry of Education and with Unicef, in support of education.
On his part, his Excellency Dr. Sabri Seidam expressed his hope of a better Palestine led by innovative adolescents, and praised the role of the teacher in enhancing the educational process and serving Palestinian students and leading them to success and innovation. Dr. Seidam also highlighted the important role of Al Nayzak in enhancing adolescents’ skills and building leaders of tomorrow.
Mrs. June Kunugi, on behalf of Unicef, expressed her pride in the achievements and thanks the government and people of Japan for their continuous and generous support. Mrs. Kunugi also highlighted the role of Al Nayzak and praised its effect in shaping Palestinian adolescents and enhancing their skills and capabilities.
Mr. Hiroyuki Kajita, The First Secretary and Head of Economic Cooperation at the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority expressed his pleasure with this programme and expressed the interest of the Japanese Government in the support of such innovative and entrepreneurial programs that build adolescents’.
Badir’s main goal is to build the capacities and capabilities of adolescents to confront current and arising challenges, develop their interpersonal and professional skills, and empowering the spirit of social and environmental change. This allows them to be the real leaders of effective change, livelihood and professional work opportunities in the future world of work.