Hanan Al-Hroub is a Palestinian teacher from the occupied West Bank, has been chosen as a top ten finalist in an international teaching competition.
Al-Hroub living under occupation and in the refugee camp called Dheisheh, south of Bethlehem has overcome the obstacles to be selected amongst some 8,000 entries for the top spot.
Despite routine settler attacks and Israeli military operations directly affecting Palestinian schools, staff and students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Al-Hroub has shown great courage to reach the finals.
In the West Bank, over 2,500 Palestinian children have to go through military checkpoints to get to a school. Al-Hroub focuses on promoting non-violence by “teaching through playing” which includes counseling for students who struggle to deal with behavioural management because of Israel’s violent occupation.
Despite Israel’s brutal regime teachers like Al-Hroub remain steadfast in their work and ensure that Palestinian children have access to their right to education, which Israel systematically denies.
Education is a powerful tool in empowering the next Palestinian generation to challenge Israel’s illegal occupation. Al-Hroub hopes, with education, Palestinian people can reclaim their homeland.