In 2016, My Voice-My School expands to involve young people in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria partnering with peers in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and USA. We look forward to follow their journey as they develop as youth advocates for a quality education.

Meet some of the students who are participating in 2016

In Gaza, Amina faces many challenges to her education, from overcrowded classrooms to regular electricity cuts, which prevent her from studying after school. Nonetheless, she stays strong and strives to fulfil her ambitions in life. She hopes to become a veterinarian one day. Roos lives in Amsterdam and, as a typical Dutch girl, she bikes everywhere. For her, school should be a place where kids feel safe and free to be who they are. Her dream in life is to inspire people to do good things and to be kind to one another.

Saleem is internally displaced by the conflict in Syria. He lives in Latakia with his mother, three brothers and pet parrot Neddo. He lost his father and home in the crisis. His favorite part of school is the psychosocial support services, which bring him respite. He loves the beach and his friends. Finn wants to be a film director. He lives in Berlin with his mother and two sisters and he studies at the Nelson Mandela School, where he is an active member of the school parliament. Finn and his friends believe that a quality education is the key to success and that every child should have access to it.
After fleeing the war in Syria, Rama moved to Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon with her parents and three younger siblings. For her, education means the chance to fulfil your dreams. Inspired by the first woman in space, Rama wants to become an astronaut to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Matilda lives in Helsingborg, Sweden with her family. At 13, she has a big passion for science and would love to be a scientist. Together with her friends at school, she is involved in community service. This helps her understand that education means more than learning about facts: it forges bonds with the rest of the society.

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Throughout the 12-week programme, we will be posting updates of how the students are progressing, sharing their voices and ideas. We hope that you join them.

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