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English study an escape for Gazans

Attendance in English teaching centers in Gaza is on the rise, with the youth increasingly aware that learning the language increases their chances of finding better jobs and studying abroad.
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP - SEPTEMBER 1:  A Palestinian girl holds her new books after receiving them from the Dar Al-Arqam Islamic school on the first day of the new school year September 1, 2003 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. About one million Palestinian students started the new school year in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — More and more young Gazans are determined to master the English language — the key, they say, to getting jobs, studying abroad and conveying the Palestinians’ suffering to the world.

Huda Droll, an American teacher at Amideast in Gaza — the area’s most famous English-language teaching center — told Al-Monitor, “There is a remarkable and constant rise in demand for English learning among Palestinians, in an effort to get a scholarship to study abroad, get a job or to discuss with the people of the world the atrocities committed by Israel against them.”

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