Since 2010 we have been working with headmaster, Ayed Qot, (pictured below) to improve conditions at the Madama Boys’ School. Our first projects raised money to build two extra school rooms and buy equipment for the science laboratory. The Palestinian Authority pays teachers’ salaries but contributes very little towards running costs. Parents, many on the poverty line, are unable to pay for any extras.

Ayed and the new science equipment

Ayed Al-Qot, Headmaster at the Boys’ School in Madama

Rania Shtayeh, the science teacher, told us that the school did not have the equipment needed to conduct practical experiments and this was affecting the boys’ tawhiji (A levels) results and choice of further study. Surveys show that not enough Palestinian students are doing science and engineering at tertiary level. So science equipment became another of our early aims.

We also provided computers, books and sports equipment for the Girls’ School in Madama as well as table tennis equipment for the village school in  Ammoria (pic below).

Ammoria School playing table tennis