Application to participate in the 2016 Right to Education Tour to U.S.A

General Information about the R2E campaign:
The Right to Education campaign is a grass root campaign that was founded in 1988 at Birzeit University with the provision of legal assistance to students and teachers who were arrested for carrying books and attending classes in homes and community centers when all Palestinian universities were closed by Israeli military order.
Since then, the Campaign has sought to expose the systematic obstruction of Palestinian higher education in Palestine. The R2E Campaign seeks to develop and build capacity of students’ human rights awareness levels and support research and human rights monitoring at all universities involved.

The 2016 R2E Tour to United States of America:

The Right to Education Campaign- Birzeit University is preparing for its second tour to U.S.A this year. The tour is being planned with "National Students for Justice in Palestine" groups (NSJP) on the West Coast of the US. Where a group of students from different Palestinian Universities will have the chance to visit a number of America's International Universities and have talks and dialogues with students and academics about "The effect of Israeli colonialism on the Right to Education in Palestine".

The students will share their personal experiences along with raising awareness about the Right to Education for Palestinians living under the Israeli Occupation. The tour aims not only to raise awareness but also to create an International campaign for the Right to Education for Palestinians, so that people can stand in solidarity with our cause, and to put pressure on the Israeli Occupation to stop its systematic violations and heinous acts towards Palestinians in general, and Palestinians Education in particular.

The tour will extend from 10 days to 2 weeks,and it will start at April 2016. most expenses will be covered by SJP groups in the US including Visa and travel expenses. If you are interested in applying, please take a look at the eligibility criteria, fill the Application form if you match the criteria. The deadline for consideration is 17:00 pm on Sunday, 31th of January 2016 Applications submitted after this deadline will be disqualified. any uncompleted applications will be disqualified too.

Eligibility Criteria:

1- To be a current student in one of the Palestinian Universities in W.B(we highly recommend students from Gaza strip and Palestinian who live in 1948 occupied land, who are studying in Palestinian uni. in W.B to apply).
2- Haven’t participated in the first tour in 2014.
3- Ability to travel for the tour in the first two weeks of April 2016.
4- Be committed to the principals of R2E campaign including supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement.
5- Parental consent, which might need their signature in the next stage.
6- Very good command in English.
7- Ability to engage in dialogues within certain issues regarding Palestine and answer questions fluently in English.
8- Ability to speak to a Western audience and represent Palestine in the Best way possible.
9- Has debate skills and can support his/her speech with facts and evidences.
10- Able to commit to participation in preparatory workshops that will take place in Birzeit University If you were selected as a candidate.
11- Team work.
12- Able to endure the hardship of traveling between states in a short period of time.
13- Communication and Networking skills.
14- Commitment to stay in contact with the R2E team in Palestine along with the R2E participants and SJP in the U.S.
15- Have a deep knowledge in the political, economic and educational conditions in Palestine, and is capable of delivering an accurate picture of the effects of Israeli colonization on Palestinians.
16- Commit to the tour (regarding where and when), and be an active volunteer in the R2E campaign after coming back from the tour.
17- Have knowledge in the history of Palestine and can represent the Palestinian cause in diverse places.

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