Edit: The initial version of this article stated that the two teachers had qualified to participate in the Global Teacher Prize. Ma'an regrets the error.
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinian teachers from the occupied West Bank district of Nablus submitted applications to participate in the Global Teacher Prize organized by the Varkey Foundation.
A Palestinian teacher, Hanan al-Hroub, won the prize in 2016
This year, Lina Raheid Rashad al-Betar and Nidaa Dar Salah were two Palestinian teachers to try to enter the competition.
Al-Betar, an English teacher in Bir Quza elementary school, has begun an initiative in her school to learn by playing and singing, which aims to get students to love the learning process by using songs and games to teach the material
Al-Betar also uses technology to reinforce her method of teaching in order to stimulate the students’ abilities to creatively think and focus, and maintains direct communication between the school administration, parents, and the local community to address issues.
Meanwhile, Dar Salah, a first grade teacher in Beita elementary school for girls, has worked on an initiative titled “My right to learn in love and peace,” which aims to inculcate values and morals in students and liberate them from restrictions, with the belief that all students have different abilities that must be liberated in order to be developed.
During her seven-year career teaching first graders, Dar Salah has focused on using technology, theater, singing, and acting in her teaching method, along with encouraging students to actively participate in classes.
Dar Salah notably cares for students with special needs and tries to motivate them to participate in activities inside and outside the classroom.