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Being English Teachers in Gaza

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Watch a recording of this online panel discussion about being a teacher in Gaza.

About the webinar

Over the last year, a small group of primary English teachers from Gaza have been working with a researcher to reflect on and discuss their professional identity as teachers. This is a panel discussion with the research participants, showcasing their perspectives on the following questions:

  • What is the role of English in this community?
  • What are the key influences which affect how these teachers perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others?
  • What are the barriers to teachers achieving their own goals?
  • What are the broader implications for teacher development?

The discussion will cover topics such as citizenship and values, student wellbeing and trauma, teacher wellbeing and trauma, relationships with parents, relationships with teachers, principals and school staff, dealing with politics and policy and participating in professional development.

About the panel

Diana Abu Zayed teaches English to grades 3 and 5 at Deir Albalah coeducational preparatory school in Gaza, Palestine. She’s been an English teacher since 2016 and has also worked as a supervisor and university lecturer.

Tasnim AlAsttal teaches English to grades 2, 4 and 5 at Dalieh ElKarmel elementary school for girls in Gaza, Palestine. She’s been teaching English since 2017.

Somia Rajab teaches English to grade 2 and 3 at Remal coeducational preparatory school in Gaza, Palestine. She has taught English for 13 years.

Laila Saleh teaches English to grade 5 at Khuza'a elementary girls’ school in Gaza, Palestine. She’s been an English teacher since 2017.

Damian Ross is a senior consultant for teacher development and inclusion at the British Council, based in London, UK.

Watch a recording of this panel discussion below