Education Occupation & Liberation programme

The Education, Occupation & Liberation programme marks Fobzu’s 40th anniversary and is co-hosted with the University and College Union (UCU).

The series of lectures and seminars brings together Palestinian, UK and international scholars, students and practitioners to explore the challenges facing Palestinian education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine. Speakers consider the struggle of Palestinian students and educators, approaches to liberation education and the contribution of Palestine to decolonising curricula in the UK.

The Education, Occupation & Liberation programme is made possible thanks to the estate of the late Sarah Hayward.

 Videos and details of the EOL events can be found here.

Fobzu Writing Residency

The Fobzu Writing Residency was launched at the end of 2018 in order to support Palestinian scholarship and foster links between UK and Palestinian research networks. Fobzu will be supporting an academic based at a Palestinian university to complete a writing project in London, with access to research facilities and UK academic networks.

Details of the Fobzu Writing Residency can be found here.

Palestinian student faces Israeli jeeps

Right to Education

Fobzu campaigns on the right to education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine. Through events, delegations and educational projects we raise awareness within UK civil society and Parliament about the obstacles to education Palestinians face under occupation and in exile, and work to make sure the voice of Palestinian students and educators is heard.

If you would like to host a talk on Palestinian education at your school, university or in your community, please contact us.

Supporting Palestinian education

In addition to providing scholarships to Palestinian students in financial need, Fobzu contributes to Palestinian learning through capacity building projects in the higher education sector. In recent years, Fobzu has provided training for mental health counsellors in partnership with the Centre for Continuing Education at Birzeit University with an award from the Big Lottery Fund.

Birzeit University
Students in lecture hall Birzeit University

UK/Palestinian educational exchange

Exchange between UK and Palestinian students and educators is vital to breaking the international isolation Palestinian higher education faces. UK education and civil society is also greatly enriched through exchange with Palestinian students and educators. The experience of overcoming the challenges of learning and teaching under occupation and in exile offers a valuable body of pedagogical theory and practice. Palestinians and UK citizens share an intertwined history and exchange can break down barriers to mutual understanding.

Fobzu Winter Appeal 2020Occupation is hitting education. Covid-19 is making things worse.

Palestinian students are struggling

The Palestinian economy is under siege and Gaza has faced a worsening humanitarian crisis over the past 13 years since the illegal blockade began. COVID-19 has deepened the crisis - unemployment in Gaza has now grown to 49%. Growing poverty makes it harder for students to pay tuition fees which reduces funds for universities.

Fobzu makes a difference

The number of COVID-19 cases is still rising in the West Bank and Gaza. Fobzu has responded by working with UNRWA to provide laptops, tablets and internet to joint Fobzu-UNRWA students at Birzeit University and in Gaza. We are also continuing to provide much needed scholarships to students in financial need and working to raise awareness about their plight.

With your help we can do more. Please make a donation today.

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