Thursday, 22 March 2007

Tuesday Meetings

Tuesday: Start with breakfast at the Arab Women's Union hospital, school, orphanage and Andaleeb College of Nursing. Then to Ministry of Education and Al-Salahyia Secondary School for girls. The class of 12 year olds welcomed us in English and showed us the cards they were making for Mothers day which is tomorrow (bukra).

Lunch at An Najah National University with its impressive new campus housing several faculties.

The Palestinian Young Journalists Forum is teaching the young reporters of the future and they have already reported on the recent elections. They want to exchange stories with young people in Dundee so we will put them in touch with the Dundee Youth Voice.

At the Employees Union we were greeted by the head and introduced to Fathi who was present when the twinning with Dundee was signed in the Nablus library garden. He is keen to re-energise the twinning.

We were guests at a delicious evening meal but had to leave to get back to the office for a 9pm presentation on checkpoints. However, it was rather long and we all started falling asleep. In any case, it is sensible to get back to the hotel before the Israeli army take over.

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