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A Story of Working Together Against all Odds from a Public School in the Palestinian Territories

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Sep 03, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Jumana Al Aref*


This blog was written prior to the current conflict in Gaza and serves as a reminder of the critical importance of education, regardless of the circumstances, in building a path to a more hopeful future.


What is Mrs. Abla’s secret? How has one principal managed to mobilize teachers and parents into becoming one harmonious unit with a common goal— to give students the best education they could. Is it just her incredible passion for education? What else has helped her overcome the challenges of daily life in the West Bank to create an environment around her so conducive to learning?


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Jumana Alaref

Jumana Alaref is a Junior Professional Associate with the Human Development Unit of the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank. She works on a range of projects in social protection, health, and education. Jumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Before joining the Bank, Jumana interned at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) supporting impact evaluation projects worldwide.


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