Palestine Youth Portal
The Palestine Youth Portal (PYP) is an online gateway for Palestinian youth to connect with each other and the world. It allows young people men and women in the West Bank, ages 15 to 30, to access digital libraries, online communities, English-as-a-Second-Language training materials, and a wealth of other digital resources. Online education, self-actualization/empowerment, employment support are key outcomes expected. The PYP also serves as an online system enabling youth to design projects to document their lives and business/entrepreneurial projects.
Youth members of the PYP collaborate through moderated discussions, blogs, and personal web pages build using portal tools. Future enhancements include a job search function will give users access to local employment opportunities.
“After an initial assessment in July 2008, it was clear there was a strong need for a comprehensive, multifunctional online portal to support youth-development in the Palestinian territories,” says Robert Schware, GLP Managing Director.
“By partnering with PITA and other stakeholders, we were able to design a networking solution that will enable Youth Development Resource Centers to manage their organization and also provide an area for the youth to access and share information.”
GLP conducted a competitive bidding and selected InterTech, an I.T. solutions company based in the West Bank, to develop the portal, seed it with content, and deliver training to youth members and I.T. coordinators at the Youth Development Resource Centers.
Voices from the Field
“We have a responsibility – all of us – to provide young people with opportunities for knowledge.” Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Musa Abu Zaid
With an open source platform, “you don’t have to pay expensive licensing fees, and you can share the knowledge gained in product development. In this way, It is very cost effective.” Ala Alaeddin, manager of Intertech, the Palestinian company developing the PYP
“All of us worked together to develop this portal system.” Deyya Jarrar, PYP Youth Trainer