An-Najah Concludes Third Edition of the Training Research Program (ToBe)
On Thursday, July 28, 2022, An-Najah National University concluded the third edition of the Training Research Program (ToBe) for school students. The event included the participation of 108 students from the Rosary Sisters' High School in Jerusalem and various schools from the village of Al-Ba’ina Njidat in the Lower Galilee in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The program’s closing ceremony was held at Prince Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Theater-New Campus, with the participation of Dr. Khalil Issa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Mohammed Qanibi, Founder and Director of ToBe, Dr. Muhammad Da'na, Pediatric Neurologist, sister Lucy Jadallah, principal of the Sisters of the Rosary School, and a number of the school's administrative staff, as well as Mrs. Samar Dalasheh, Mr. Omar Dalasheh, and Mrs. Mirona Suleiman from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the participating students and their families.
In the opening speech, Dr. Qanibi welcomed the students who completed the required research trainings of the program and their families. Then he stated that this round of the “ToBe” program included the participation of more schools from the Occupied Palestinian Territory along with the Rosary Sisters School.
He added, “The program aims at helping school students acquire advanced research skills, improving student achievement in scientific subjects in schools, engaging students in science, and paving the path for students to engage promptly in scientific and research curriculum when enrolling in universities.”
In his speech, Dr. Issa welcomed the attendees and commended the program's staff for their efforts in achieving this success, stressing that this program supports the University's strategic plans, mission and vision. He added: "Today, the University is taking the initiative to improve the scientific research skills of school students which is part of its community responsibility. The University is honored to establish partnerships with all national institutions that focus on promoting scientific research and education among Palestinian students as education in Palestine is the most essential investment in the future of our country."
In the same context, Sister Lucy Jadallah praised the “ToBe” program and mentioned that it aims at helping students make a smooth transition from school to college smoothly.
During the ceremony, the students Sama Sandoqa and Siwar Daana spoke about their experience in “ToBe” program, benefits of the program’s trainings, and the scientific knowledge and skills they gained through the program.
The ceremony included an exhibition of scientific posters made by the students, which were put on display at the chess yard of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University.
"ToBe" Program is being administered by An-Najah National University as part of the "Research Experience for School Students" initiative (RESS). The Research Experience for School Students is designed to improve the quality of science education in Palestinian schools through providing school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience scientific research. The student enters into a mentor/mentee relationship with the University to achieve a specific goal or project for four weeks (8 sessions), during which students receive several trainings, including neurobiology, biochemistry, anatomy, and others.