Palestinian Journalism Students Use Training on Environmental Issues to Help Their Communities

With a grant provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, more than 60 young Palestinians studying journalism and communications at universities in the Hebron and Nablus areas received intensive training on environmental awareness and outreach conducted by the Palestinian Center for the Environment (CEP).  The students recently concluded the first phase of the training program, which is called “Down to Earth.”  They used their newly acquired skills to complete multi-media projects on environmental issues that affect Palestinian society.

Today, the students displayed their projects, such as videos, animation clips, radio spots, and posters, at the Red Crescent Society headquarters in Ramallah. Visitors and online spectators were able to view the projects and vote for their favorite. CEP has worked with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Environment Quality Authority (EQA) to facilitate the attendance of students from local schools and universities.

At the ceremony, Consul General Michael Ratney said, “When I spend time with young Palestinians who are working to make the world better for their families and their communities – that’s when I feel optimistic about the future. The environment is an issue that compels us to keep looking toward the future.”

This is the second consecutive year that the Consulate General has supported the Down to Earth program with CEP. This year’s program also included 20 alumni from last year, who are receiving advanced training on how to conduct environmental awareness outreach campaigns at three public schools in different regions of the West Bank.

In addition to the student competition, the American Consulate General also organized the second annual Earth Day Environmental Bazaar in the same Red Crescent Society building. About 20 vendors were invited to participate in the bazaar and display their organic and healthy foods, fresh produce, recycled art, and “green” and other environmentally friendly products.

Consul General Ratney and top Palestinian officials toured the Bazaar and viewed the student projects and participated in the voting.

For more information please contact the Consulate General Press Office at 02-622-6909 or Information Assistant Hassna Dajani at 054-6620257.