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41 Girls Graduated with MECI

September 2, 2015

GIRLS UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

 

You can help those proud and bright young women to build their future and achieve their dreams by making a donation to the MECI Girls' University Fund 

 

Photo by S. Smith Patrick - www.shuttersmith.net

 

 

Last July, 41 MECI girls graduated at Qasem Al Rimawi School from MECI’s West Bank educational program. They have completed the 2015 TAWJIHI Exam (General Secondary Certificate) with a resounding success:

  • 82% success rates in all streams (including Scientific & Human Science) compared with a national pass ratio of 61.9%.

  • 100% scientific stream students passed the exam, ranking 5% above the national average.

  • 85.27% Human Science stream success rate compared with a national pass ratio of 55.5% - nearly 30% above the national average.

The Palestinian General Secondary Certificate or TAWJHI is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue undergraduate university studies. In Palestine and other Arab countries, the score on the test determines which programs a student can enter.
"MECI has provided a safe place for these girls to go, to express their feelings, draw, paint, play music or sports. (MECI) has embraced these girls. MECI’s program opened a door for these girls to think of other things, to step out of the family constraints, to be creative and to find hidden talents and life goals." Ronza Abdullah, MECI’s psychologist serving in the programs since 2007.
 

 

Photo by S. Smith Patrick - www.shuttersmith.net

 

"It’s painful to think that without scholarships to study that these bright young women will languish in the rural West Bank, likely to marry and have children without further educational development. Many of them are not only ready for University study, but for International opportunities as well. It was a joy to be a part of the first graduation for the girls who have participated in the MECI program for the past 8 years. I have been looking quite closely during each visit anticipating the arc of development I would witness. When I first met the girls in 2007, I remember them as shy toward me because I was a stranger, but I was able to see that they were already enthusiastic about the activities MECI provided for them. It was immediately clear that MECI is an oasis of culture and opportunity in the isolate village in which the girls (and boys) live. Theirs is a conservative culture, exacerbated by the lack of exposure closer contact with a city brings. When I returned in 2011, they had impressive confidence and were eager to let me know how they were doing and what MECI meant to them.
Now they are confident, proud and full of hope for the future. They were quite poised and articulate when speaking about their accomplishments and their goals."
S. Smith Patrick, Documentary filmmaker & photographer who focuses on international human rights & social issues.

 

 

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