Tutors Help During Three Month Strike in West Bank
The West Bank is still recovering from a widespread civil strike that interrupted schools for a period of three months in the fall of 2006. With ANERA’s financial help, one orphanage, Dar al-Yateem in Tulkarem, offered special lessons to compensate for lost school days.
Seventeen year-old Aisha, an ANERA Scholarship Program student, is one of the students who took advantage of the extra sessions. She comes from a poverty-stricken family in a small village. Since her father is handicapped, her mother faced an incredible burden and was forced to place Aisha in Dar al-Yateem.
Since arriving, Aisha has shown great interest in her studies and worked hard to improve herself. With the encouragement of her teachers, she learned to use the computer lab and library established with a grant from ANERA. During the strike days, Aisha worked closely with a tutor to build her skills in math and English, which were particularly difficult subjects for her to master. She was rewarded with good marks on her mid-year exams.
Based on the positive results with Aisha and other residents, Dar al-Yateem intends to continue providing specialized tutoring to ensure students progress academically and make up for class time missed when classes are disrupted by local events, which happens frequently.
Students and teachers are grateful to ANERA for creating opportunity and hope to create a better future.