The Palestinian initiative for supporting students

The Palestinian initiative for supporting students

Palestine, Palestinian TerritoryPalestine, Palestinian Territory
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

youth organization that aim to empower Palestinian youth by establishing based community movement which encourages the positive involvement of youth through innovative educational programs that promote the culture of civic engagement and volunteerism among youth.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

what if Palestinian youth gained the right skills to change their reality?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

to address unequal access to education opportunities in underprivileged areas. Though many underprivileged students are determined and willing to pursue higher education, they are denied the opportunity because they lack the funds to pay for tuition. Even when given highly subsidized loans, their families fail to meet the payment deadlines due to poverty and high unemployment rates in the country.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Palestinian Initiative for Supporting Students, ESNAD, provides access to education and encourages academic excellence by offering university scholarships to students to ultimately break the cycle of poverty in underprivileged Palestinian communities. In turn, these university students “pay it forward” by tutoring groups of primary and secondary school students, serving as mentors and role models for younger generations. ESNAD particularly takes pride in its empowerment of women in rural communities in attaining higher education. This grassroots approach fosters a culture of volunteerism and civic engagement among students, while also financially supporting their educational careers.

Awards

• Synergos Award: • ASHOkA Award• Takreem Award: for Innovation in Education
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

many underprivileged students are determined and willing to pursue higher education, they are denied the opportunity because they lack the funds to pay for tuition. Students fail to meet the payment deadlines due to poverty and high unemployment rates in the country. we provide the funding for underprivileged students to attend university in Palestine in exchange for teaching and providing mentorship to underprivileged primary and secondary school students. As poor students do not have the luxury of hiring private tutors—a common trend in the Middle East given the poor quality of public education—the university students create and run tutoring programs for primary and secondary school children throughout Palestine.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

• Between 2008 and 2012, 180 university student benefit from the scholarship and almost 1080 school students’ volunteerism and civic engagement activities. • In 2013, 125 university student benefit from the university scholarships and more than 600 school students benefit from volunteerism and civic engagement activities. • In 2014 , 120 university student benefit from the university scholarships and more than 550 school students benefit from volunteerism and civic engagement activities. In 2014 Success In a Changing World program was launched, which aims to inspire and engage youth in public life through self-development and promote enlightened views on civil rights among Palestinian youth. The program consists of three stages: Training courses, Volunteering for four months with school students, and finally the launch of youth and community initiatives

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

using extracurricular activities as a way of learning and fosters the culture of volunteerism and civic engagement among students in order to obtain quality youth leaders in the community to strengthen the role of the private sector in investment in education through offering scholarships, especially for university students; to develop and enhance teacher training and rehabilitation programs in cooperation with higher education institutions and within the framework of the implementation of the national strategic implementation process for the rehabilitation of teachers
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The sustainability of the initiative and the future expansion and development is 10% of the value of grants for students’ college administration; this ratio guarantees our continuity and expansion.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Esnad is registered as nonprofit company which makes our competitors market limited to NGO’s and these organizations considered to be potential partners for knowledge and training. Our solution is better because our strategy based on establishing a relationship with private companies to fund the idea as part of their social responsibility and also the grassroots approach builds the idea of volunteerism and civic engagement among students while also providing them with the necessary funds to continue their education. ESNAD’s approach assists young adults to attain higher education
Team

Founding Story

Jihad the cofounder had to stop attending university for several semesters to work full-time to personally fund his education. Furthermore, his parents and other siblings were working to fund his sister, who has mental disabilities, to attend a private school catered to her needs. With strained finances, Jihad’s parents urged him to transfer to a two-year technical college, which costs less than four-year university institutions. However, through resilience and perseverance, Jihad was able to save money and finish university, eventually also attaining a master’s degree. His own experience was one of his main inspirations behind starting this project.

Team

Jihad Shojaeha the founder of the initiative, jihad get this master degree in social science, started his youth work in 2002, certified youth trainer for many organizations. Eman Hamdan: Business Development officer: graduated in business development worked in developing many project in nonprofit organizations.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

ashoka network

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

cofounder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I am a self-starting leader who have a proven track record in successfully and effectively designing, managing, executing projects and bringing fundraising for a number of outstanding local organizations. interested in small business development and organizations’ need assessments. In 2014, I was selected to participate as a delegate in UNESCO Education on sustainable development (ESD) Youth Conference, where I participated with other delegates in writing out the Youth Recommendation Statement for Sustainable Development. I am also selected as a Youth Ambassador by the Arab Thought Foundation for the year 2014-2015.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

our volunteers