Birzeit University was the first institution of higher education to be established in Palestine. It provides students with the opportunity to realize their academic aspirations and encourages them to be productive citizens and active members of their community. The university plays a central role in developing the most valuable national resource in society – the Palestinian people.
The University Advancement Programme:
Birzeit University has identified the need for international volunteers to be involved in numerous projects at the University, from English workshops to creating donor videos to supporting students to be more involved in their local communities.
a) Young people in the local community will have increased personal skills
b) Increasing the profile of the university and issues facing students and the community such as the quality of, and access to education and extracurricular activities through campaigning, media and communications, events
c) Students at Birzeit University to have increased individual capacity to create and organise their own student projects
d) Students and faculty to have enhanced international outreach
The Right to Education Programme:
The Right to Education Campaign is a grassroots student-to-student solidarity project that aims at building the capacity of Palestinian and UK students to document and raise awareness about oppression of Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under Israeli military occupation. It is a student run campaign with a committee composed of faculty and administrative staff from a number of departments and institutes within Birzeit University.
Outcomes will include:
a) Improved internal organisational capacity of the Right to Education Campaign
b) Students at universities in the West Bank empowered with skills and information to speak out against violations to the right to education
c) Increased research and documentation produced and shared on the topic of education under Israeli occupation and one of the results of this will be that student groups around the world are informed about the plight of students under occupation
d) Through communications, advocacy, campaigns and partnerships to improve high level government or international policies that improve the human rights of the vulnerable and the marginalised