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UNICEF: Palestinian Teens Find UNICEF-Sponsored Community
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UNICEF: Palestinian Teens Find UNICEF-Sponsored Community
UNICEF is currently supporting 40 teen-friendly learning centers in the West Bank and Gaza to help adolescents overcome hopelessness and provide meaningful programs outside of school. See how these centers are reaching out to marginalized youth and building self-esteem.
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VOICEOVER
Faced with severe economic difficulties, border closures, and political unrest, life for many in the occupied Palestinian territory grows more difficult by the day. Particularly children and adolescents feel the effects of these hardships. Their schooling is disrupted, their living standards are deteriorating. Anxiety and uncertainty are taking their toll on these young adults. UNICEF is currently supporting 40 adolescent-friendly learning centers in the West Bank and Gaza to help adolescents overcome their hopelessness and to provide meaningful programs outside schools. One of these centers is the Jabalya Community Center, located in the Jabalya refugee camp. The center provides services to the most disadvantaged children. The camp is suffering from a high level of poverty and unemployment. The youth clubs feature sports and music and ensure the participation of adolescent girls. Both girls and boys like learning the traditional dance, called Dabkeh.
HANIN MASAOUD [16 years old]
Before coming here I was always feeling shame. But now I am able to face people and interact with them. I have learned how to express my opinions and have my right to be around people.
MOHAMED MURAD [15 years old]
The things I love most are music, band, Dabkeh and sports. They are very important in helping me build my body and activate my thinking. It taught me a lot of things. This center is the only place that gives me the opportunity to learn and widen my knowledge.
VOICEOVER
Adolescent-friendly learning centers are expected to reach out to marginalized adolescents in remote areas with help from cooperative partners.
REEM TARAZI [UNICEF Project Officer]
UNICEF, in cooperation with the Tamer Institute, has established a number of adolescent learning centers that provide education, sports, and recreational activities for adolescents. It gives them the opportunity to participate peacefully and to express themselves. It increases their skills and education to improve their achievement in school, particularly the participation of girls.
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UNICEF hopes to establish more adolescent-friendly learning centers to benefit around 16,000 needy adolescents, an important step in restoring their sense of well-being in this troubled time. This is Amy Bennett, reporting for UNICEF Television. Unite for children.