Ayman Qwaider
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  • The Gaza Strip, El Nuserate Refugee Camp
  • Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  • MA, International Master in Peace,…
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Mind the Strip, Lessons Learned / Sharing a Personal Story

Started Apr 22, 2012 0 Replies

Dear brothers and sisters in humanity, I would like to kindly share with our respected group a personal story that would gain your interest in reading it. I look forward to receiving you thoughts and…Continue

Use of social media network in empowering people to demand their rights. Mind The Strip Movie

Started Apr 11, 2011 0 Replies

Mind The Strip….. First ShowMind the Strip is a documentary to highlight a story of Ayman Qwaider, Gazan student who had difficulties to access the closing borders of Gaza to pursue his studies in…Continue

I Still Want Peace

Started Oct 10, 2010 0 Replies

Having walked across the dead bodies of my relatives and people and having experienced their deaths; I still want peace, I still dream of peace and security for the families of Gaza and all of…Continue


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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip. Despite the hard political and economical situation in the Gaza Strip, I was fortunate to complete my undergraduate degree in Education from the Islamic University of Gaza. Like most Palestinian residents who have continued to survive through the conflict, I have also been heavily influenced by my immediate surrounding and realized during my undergraduate days that “education” was a key contributor in the peace movement in the Gaza Strip.

I served as a humanitarian aid worker in an international humanitarian aid organization in Gaza. Through such experience, I had worked closely with refugee camp children through implementing excellent number of humanitarian and educational projects. I have become more conscious that education is of great importance for Palestinians who have grown up in a conflict-affected zone. The Palestinian people are occupied for decades; they care of education to provide the resources, skills, and understanding to free them from the occupation. The ambiguity and uncertainty of the future of Palestine ensures that Education has proven to be the means of survival for them. Since the successive occupying powers for Palestine, the education is effectively considered to be the Palestinian community identity for all Palestinians.

In early 2010, I was accepted as a scholarship student to join a master in Peace, Conflict and Development studies at Universitat Jaume Primer in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. The very unique master has offered me a very profound practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of peace, conflict and development studies.In March of 2011, I did my internship, as part of my Master’s program, at the UNESCO office in Paris, France. My internship at UNESCO HQ with the Planning and Emergency Responses (PER) section of UNESCO’s Education Sector.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student), individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
The Occupied Palestine Territories (PoT),
Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Syria.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
MA, International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://www.epd.uji.es, http://www.cpnn-usa.org, http://www.thecultu...
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Education, Human Rights, Humanitarian Relief, Media, Peacekeeping, Refugees
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Research, Quantitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
1. Human Rights Education.
2. Peace Education.
3. Education and constructive social change process.
4. Education in Emergency Situations and conflicting zones.
5. Social Media and its role to revolutionize Education.

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Vers une culture de Paix et Reconnaissance, par Ayman Qwaider

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

Vers une culture de Paix et Reconnaissance

La Palestine est un membre de l’UNESCO 

par Ayman Qwaider 

La Palestine est devenue le 195ème Etat à joindre l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture, ci-après, l’UNESCO . Son admission…


Towards a Culture of Peace and Recognition, Ayman Qwaider

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Towards a Culture of Peace and Recognition

                                       Palestine is a UNESCO Member State

By: Ayman Qwaider

4th November 2011 

  Palestine is the 195th state to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.…


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At 9:48pm on January 23, 2012, Richard Close said…


Great work you are doing.

On UNESCO.. We have a program for African youth to tell their life stories online. Thought you would be interested in it "I am Africa. This is my story..." It was seeded by UNESCO Power of Peace Network 

I would be interesting to doing one for Gaza youth.

Below is a webinar on the strategy behind it.

Join http://i-am-the-story.ning.com

Webinar Webinar: Methods and Techniques for Web 2.0 Project Based Learning for Urban-Poverty Schools and Adult Learning Part 1 from Richard C Close on Vimeo.

Stay encouraged


At 2:28pm on January 23, 2012, David Crier said…

I am trying to promote the Arc plan and and a discussion at;


The Arc

 The arc A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State produced by the Rand Corporation. It is a giant leap in the right direction into finding a peaceful solution in the Palestinian-Israeli crisis. It is a ten year plan to develop the West Bank one day connecting it to Gaza. It addresses many of the problems the people of Palestine face in forming a viable state. Only with a prospers Palestinian society that resembles the society of the State of Israel will the people of both societies have any real security. 

They spent more than 3 million dollars and four years in the development of this plan. It is a thirty-three billion dollar plan over ten years that addresses the Palestinian issues of transportation, housing, education, commerce, justice and the contiguity of the State of Palestine. It is a very comprehensive plan creating a clear image of a much better way of life for the Palestinian people. Restoring their dignity and hope for a better future for their children is the best first steps towards peace.

This is the link to an 8 minute and 35 minute video outlining the Arc.The Arc: A Formal Structure For a Palestinian State | RAND 


Here is a link to the Rand Corporation’s web page to the Arc Reach Brief. There is a link to the full outline version of the Arc at the bottom of the page.

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State | RAND  http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9119/index1.html

These are two links of Doug Sulsman presentation of the Arc at the J Street YMCA New York, NY.  

THE ARC AT J STREET Part 1.mov - YouTube


THE ARC AT J STREET Part 2.mov - YouTube


There is no way to peace, peace is the way. The Arc is the way for long term peace to become a reality in the Palestinian/Israeli crisis. The challenges are to make the Arc a reality that more people can see, as well as working out the full implementation of the Arc’s plan. The earlier more people get behind a plan like the Arc the sooner it could become a reality. Everyone should write to their elected representatives letting them know about the Arc and your support of the plan. Who could not support such a plan of a way to peace as the arc. Global Crier 

At 9:23am on October 19, 2011, Jennifer Lentfer said…

Thanks for your comments on the Dalia Association's post - the situation in Palestine does indeed highlight issues in aid across the world. Please get in touch with them to offer your support.

And I invite you continue to follow how-matters.org

At 6:55am on December 31, 2010, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our indian culture and traditional.
we created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realize that we are one and we naturally interconnected with each other ,which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any discrimination,religion, boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violence .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for look after the wellbeing of all living life.
At 7:38pm on October 7, 2010, Asah Alexander Goodness said…
Mr Ayman, It is my profound pleasure to join you on this forum. Although we are all new in this network, i believe this forum will provide us the opportunity to sharpen our research skills and widen our understanding of this challenging and complex field of study. Long live Peace Master, Long Live Castellon!

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