Taawon Distinguished Teacher Award

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Taawon Distinguished Teacher Award

Taawon launched the Outstanding Palestinian Teachers Award in 2017 for teachers in Palestine and in refugee camps in Lebanon. All teachers are called upon to apply for the award, which aims to honor outstanding initiatives in the adopting of new and effective methods and mechanisms in the teaching process.

The award is worth US$70,000 and will be distributed annually, beginning with this year, and will be shared by a maximum of five distinguished teachers. Part of the prize will be allocated to cover participation in international conferences, and part for training to develop their skills and educational methods. 

The award is funded by generous support from Mr. Munir Al Kalouti and the Hani Kaddoumi Scholarship Foundation. 

Mr. Munir Al Kalouti:

Mr. Mounir Kaloti was born in Jerusalem in 1943. After his graduation from St. George’s Secondary School, he enrolled at the American University of Beirut’s Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences and became an active member of the Palestine Students’ Union and the Arab Nationalist Movement.

In 1968, he was one of the first Palestinians to move to the United Arab Emirates where he started his life as an entrepreneur and engaged in various sectors including food products, real estate, jewelry and gold. Mr. Kaloti’s enterprise expanded into a global one with branches all across the world. Mr. Kaloti has been a member of the Welfare Association for over 20 years where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for Jerusalem’s stream of work.

Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation (HQSF): 

HQSF's mission is to provide scholarships and student financial aid and to contribute to the education landscape through innovative program support and educators’ capacity building.

We grant both undergraduate and graduate students in Palestine and Lebanon. As of January 2015, the Foundation provided for 984 scholarships. HQSF aims to drive improvements in education and its impact on Palestinians in Palestine and in Palestinian communities in the diaspora.