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Student Profile: Introducing Khaled
Interviewed in Nablus by Jean
Khaled with Jean in the library of An Najah University, Nablus
I met Khaled in the gleaming new library at An Najah University’s new campus.
He is 21 and, with help from FONSA, he is in his 4th and final year in electrical engineering.
He lives with his parents and three sisters in a small village of 2–3 thousand
on the outskirts of Nablus called Yaseed.
His father no longer works – before the second intifada he like many Palestinians worked in Israel.
His mother keeps goats and makes cheese for the family and sells it to other villagers.
why did you choose electrical engineering? I take it you were good at science and maths at school?
Yes I was, and I suppose I got good grades too.
Life depends on electricity – there are many villages in Palestine without much street lighting at all.
I want to help my village and villages like it.
There is often not enough money and the government often tends to concentrate
on the needs of people in towns.
Khaled is very ambitious – yet modest – and would really like to do
a Masters – either in the UK or in a French speaking country.
In fact I have met him a few times at the French Cultural Centre in Nablus
where he takes French classes.
His final year project is the development and use of solar power. There is very little use
of this in the West Bank, and he acknowledges it is very expensive in the first instance.
He recognises it can be difficult to get jobs, even for graduates but remains optimistic.
He spoke a little about his experiences as a young Palestinian living under occupation.
About 4 years ago, so when he was 17, he and some friends were stopped by 7 or 8 soldiers
from the Israeli army.
Palestinians are supposed to carry their ID all the time ... but one friend forgot
and he was very roughly treated.
There are no settlements near his village so he and his family are not directly affected
by the increase in recent settler activities.
In his spare time he is a keen member of his village volley ball team and plays in tournaments.
He would like to get involved in his village council in the future – and do his best
to help his village develop.
He wants FONSA donors to know how grateful he is for the financial support
he has been given to complete his first degree.
If you would like to sponsor a student like Khaled, below is a breakdown
of typical costs currently per semester.
Most first degree courses last 4 years, some like medicine longer.
You need not consider sponsoring a student personally for a whole semester:
any money you donate will be added to other donations.
The more funds we receive, the more students we can support.
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Approximate cost of student fees for one semester
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Costs are for An Najah National University, Nablus
In addition there is a registration fee of between £30–50 depending on the School.