Our philosophy and approach

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We work within mainstream education systems believing that economically disadvantaged girls and young women need access to marketable skills, up to date knowledge and recognised qualifications to have the chance of a secure economic foothold in their society.   But we believe that education is about much more than this.

Access to good quality education is the key to unlocking the potential of individuals, which in turn brings benefits to their families and communities. By focusing on the educational needs of disadvantaged girls and young women in the Palestinian Territories we are assisting a group that faces many obstacles: social, economic and political. However they are also a group that promises to be ‘part of the solution’ rather than the problem. Evaluation feedback we receive year on year includes many personal testimonials which confirm the power of education to help individuals find a voice, to have ambitions, to recognise their capacity to influence their families and communities for the good and to contribute to wider society.

Our image of these processes is of a tree with roots, branches and leaves. The education input helps the tree ‘flower’: in terms of personal growth, improved economic prospects and social influence. Perhaps not everything will ‘bloom’ for everyone in one generation but the seeds planted will improve the chances for the next generation and beyond.

“I said to my mother the other day, I am very fortunate with my life, I now have a degree, a job, a car and I can wear the clothes I choose.” Hala, DSMT Higher Education Scholarship winner 2011, graduated in English and Business in 2015, now working for Fedex in Ramallah.

“…. I am really motivated to start my final year at Dar El Tifel El Arabi….. and I am trying to turn my focus on Tawjihii now. After your visit to Palestine, Lana and I travelled to the USA, as part of the Reel Stories Program a connected program between the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, USA and the Palestinian Heritage Museum in Jerusalem, Palestine. It aims to empower young women through the art of film making…….. We spent a week in Michigan representing our whole group and presenting our film that we have worked on for more than 6 months. Travelling for the first time and to America made my 2017.  Getting accepted in such program was a shift in my life. I learned a lot through it….”  Rawan, School scholarship student, Summer  2017

“I am happy to hear from you and friends in DSMT. I hope you are doing well. I am doing very good progress in my plan. I finished my courses in Hebrew language with excellent grade. Regarding the Palestinian licence, i am preparing the exam which will be conducted in October.  Accordingly I will get the Palestinian licence in April next year and then I will start the Israeli board…..I finished my first year of Master degree  of law at Birzeit with excellent grade…”  Rinad, September 2018. Rinad was the winner of the 2013 DSMT Higher Education Scholarship. She graduated in Law at Al Quds University a year early in 2016 and is continuing her training to be a lawyer




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