Amal, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza, had the chance to attend a human rights workshop in Holland. She returned to Gaza inspired and set up a new volunteer youth network: the Bee Project.
Amal is a student from Deir El-Balah in Gaza. One of 52 outstanding students studying human rights in the Gaza Strip, she was invited to travel to Holland to see international human rights law in action at the International Criminal Court. For most of the students this was their first opportunity to travel outside of Gaza.
During the visit, Amal met a female judge who particularly inspired her. Amal says: “I saw how life could be for women. They had powerful positions and worked bravely for peace and justice. I would like to believe that one day I will be a leader in my community”.
Motivated by this experience, Amal returned to Gaza and set up a community volunteer group: the Bee Project. The project runs activities that support members of the community in need. Their motto is: “Assert yourself and get confidence through volunteering”.
Human rights and tolerance is an integral part of the curriculum in UNRWA’s schools. UNRWA’s specially designed programme promotes non-violence, communication skills, conflict resolution, and human rights. Using real-life examples, children learn about their rights and responsibilities, the background to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the mechanisms that promote and protect human rights. The programme also emphasises the importance of tolerance and good citizenship.