Palestine Safer Internet Day Committee - World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza
About our SID activities
During 2020, World Vision Jerusalem - West Bank - Gaza (WV JWG) will implement the following interventions to contribute to the Safer Internet Day slogan of "Together for a better internet":
- 28 schools in our area of work in Southern West Bank will be targeted through supporting them to implement school level awareness sessions on safer internet. Community/parents meetings with the e-crimes police unit will be conducted as a part of this awareness campaign.
- 700 children from our area of work in Northern West Bank will benefit from raising awareness interventions on safer internet. This will be done through sport activities that include messaging on being safe on the internet.
- A competition will be hosted to choose the best article written on child safety on the internet. All targeted schools in our area of work in Northern West Bank will participate in this competition. A hashtag on safer internet will also be part of this activity as it will be used in all banners, T-shirts, Facebook live broadcasting and other publications regarding the event.
- A number of local CBOs will benefit from safer internet capacity building sessions in order to maintain sustainability in this regard.
- Our Central West Bank office will provide training for 45 health workers on internet safety. These Community Health Workers will then conduct sessions for 45 groups of mother in that area (around 700-900 mothers will benefit from sessions). Furthermore, these 45 health workers will conduct awareness sessions in schools to target students and raise their awareness on being safe online.
- School radio in the targeted schools will broadcast a unified message on being safe online on Safer Internet Day.
What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
Along with what we are doing this year to contribute to raising awareness on safety online, last year we conducted several advocacy and awareness activities as well, such as:
- "Run for safer internet" was the theme of a marathon we conducted on a national level, in cooperation with the SID coalition on 15 February 2019.
- In June 2019, WV JWG conducted a SID conference with the participation of many organisations in the SID coalition.
The Safer Internet coalition in Palestine consists of the following organisations and ministries: An Najah University, Ministry of Telecommunication, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, Paltel Group, Sawa Organisation, Public Prosecution, Palestinian Police, North Electricity Distribution Company, and World Vision.
Visit the coalition (Security and Safety initiative) website for more information.
World Vision is a Christian, child-focused, community-empowering, international organisation that works in nearly 100 countries. We work with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. Globally, we have impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.
World Vision began working for the well-being of children in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza in 1975 through development, relief and advocacy programmes. We work with predominantly private funding complemented by government grants from donors such as BMZ and Grand Challenge Canada, and bi-lateral grants from UN agencies such as OCHA.
World Vision JWG has one of the largest community-based presence of any organisation operating in the West Bank. We work through 13 locations or area programmes (AP) in the West Bank, which directly support over 41,000 children participating in sponsorship programmes. The multiplying effect of this funding approach, which is based on a community-development model, enables us to serve directly 116,000 children and their families in FY19. The APs are located in Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Salfit, Tubas, Ramallah and Jenin, and are served by 80 dedicated female and male staff. The operation covers 149 communities with a total annual budget of $8 million USD. Private funding gives us stability and enables us to build long-term relationships with families, communities, schools, municipalities, village councils, the Palestinian Authority, faith communities and other civil society actors.
Our goal is that boys and girls in the oPt have improved resilience, live in a nurturing environment and have hope for the future. The main focus of our FY20-FY23 strategy is to work toward this well-being of children by addressing key vulnerabilities, such as domestic and school violence, early marriage, low income, and low performance in school. We do so through programming in early childhood development, child protection and participation, youth resilience, education in emergency and faith in development.
We also aim to increase awareness among children, parents, teachers and community representatives on the safe use of the internet, as well as how to take caution and action if there are any violations or threats towards the child through cyberbullying.
World Vision Jerusalem - West Bank - Gaza (WV JWG) currently work with about one hundred schools in the West Bank to tackle this issue. Each of these schools conducts "Safer Internet" activities led by children, teachers and school counsellors, in coordination with the child protection network, the Palestinian Ministry of Education, and the Palestinian police departments (the cyber crime unit).