Mr. JIHAD SHOJA’EYEH - Palestine

Excellence in Education - 2013

Jihad Shoja’eyeh started working in 2002 as a young facilitator for youth groups in several camps with the Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sports. His passion for the youth work propelled him to participate in other youth institutions and organizations activities, providing him with the opportunity to participate in several international, regional and local conferences focused on youth work and development.

His most important achievement for the Arab youth is founding “Youth without Borders Network”, the largest Arab youth network. Its number of participants today is more than 5,240 Arab youth. This network provides invitations for conferences, training, and scholarship programs to Arab youth. Jihad Shoja’eyeh worked in a number of institutions: The Youth Sharek Forum, the Center for Continuing Education of the University of Birzeit, the Center of Democracy and Human Rights Shams, the Center for Psychological and Social Guidance "Aman" and the Central Election Commission. He also worked as a consultant with a number of international institutions, notably the developmental German Cooperation “GIZ”.

In 2007, Shoja’eyeh participated in the Youth International Conference in Sharm Sheikh and in 2008, the third Arab Youth Conference titled “Activating Youth Turn in Media.” In 2009, he cooperated in the drafting of the final report on the Arab youth’s life in Jordan and with a group of Arab and Iraqi youth leaders he was part of the Iraqi Youth Parliament opening. In addition, in 2006, he attended training on Sustainable Development with Euro-Med in Cyprus. Moreover, Shoja’eyeh participated in the 2009 “feker 8” conference in Lebanon, and in the 2011 “feker 10” conference in Dubai. Jihad Shoja’eyeh, was awarded the Synergos Prize of Social Leadership in the Arab World for his “From Student to Student initiative” that aims to fight poverty through education. He also received the “Ashoka” fellowship in 2011 for the same initiative. Additionally, his story collection entitled “Awraki” has been published with the Cultural Resource Institution in Egypt. He is also active in several Palestinian youth institutions as one of the trainers in the field of youth development. 

Shoja’eyeh was born in Amman, Jordan and later on moved with his family to the occupied Palestinian territories. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Birzeit University as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Statistics and Quantitative Research. Shoja’eyeh holds a number of certificates in critical and creative thinking, in advanced leadership skills and team building, in the formulation of scientific research and in management skills.

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