Zajel Organizes Video Conference with Queensland University in
Youth Exchange Program and the
School of Political
Science and International Studies at Queensland University
organized a video conference on the Right to Education where
they discussed the impact of the Israeli siege on academic
The conference began
with a short presentation by Ala Yousef, the Coordinator of
Zajel Youth Exchange program, who briefed the Australian
students with the latest developments on the situation in both
the An-Najah National University and Nablus city.
Brooke Rogers, a PhD Candidate and Tutor in the School of
Political Science and International Studies at the University of
Queensland, introduced her group of students. She thanked the
Zajel Program and its volunteers for a wonderful and
enlightening discussion. She added, My students were very moved
by the stories of the volunteers of Zajel.. I think it was an
eye opening experience for many of them and I feel that we have
learned a lot from this encounter. And she concluded, I am
hoping that our correspondence will continue. My students were
excited about the prospect of corresponding with your students.
Hopefully we can arrange an exchange of email addresses. Ms.
Rogers added that the peace building course she teaches is only
taught for one semester every year.She
feels that one video link up once a year is not enough and would
like to facilitate numerous conferences.
Questions from the
University of Queensland's students were given to the An-Najah
students and the questions concentrated on the daily life under
occupation. Students of An-Najah explained the plight they are
going through as a result of the daily obstacles facing them on
their way to the campus.
Ala Yousef, the
coordinator of Zajel spoke about the psychological impact of the
on the students' psychological health, especially about the
girls' nightmares, some of the questions on travelling out of
Palestine, the one or two state solution, the contribution of
the new generation to peace, the Palestinian curriculum, the
oral history of Palestine and the war of 1948 and the
deportation of the Palestinian people and the philosophy of
non-violent means of resistance.
Bisan Ramadan, Student
at the Faculty of Pharmacy and volunteer in the Right to
Education Campaign of Zajel said, "I learned from the debate
with our Australian fellows, and it was a great opportunity for
me to overcome the impact of siege that disallows us to interact
with other cultures and nations. Such interaction will help us
change our stereotypes about other cultures”.
The discussion between
both groups was fruitful and both students will exchange email
addresses to continue the debate on the controversial issues
that arose during the conference.