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Bethlehem University in Glasgow - April 4th 2012



6/7/2012

 

Whilst the Lifelong Learning in Palestine team were meeting in Al Quds, Jerusalem, Dr Nibal Nasser who works closely with Dr Moussa Ribadi who heads the LLIP in Bethlehem, met with Glasgow Councilors, Professor Mike Osborne, Fair Trade and local business representatives in Glasgow.  In the photograph below are Leila Chalid, who is a scholarship student from Gaza, Pauline McNeil, a long time supporter of Palestine, Dr Nasser, and Glasgow City Councilors Alistair Watson.  Discussed was the twinning and business collaboration between the cities of Bethelehem and Glasgow.  Shared interests were explored around the problem of internet access – faster access – effective drainage systems in problematic locations and flooding prevention.  They also talked about the Separation Barrier surrounding Bethlehem and the problems it causes in flooding.  Movement in and out of Bethlehem is near impossible placing a huge burden on Bethlehem citizens and local businesses who spend a huge amounts on transport.  Of particular interest in reports that followed was the way Lifelong Learning in Palestine might consolidate the relationship between Bethlehem and Glasgow in the future.

 

Councilor Alistair Watson and colleague in Glasgow City Council along with Dr Nasser and colleagues

 

A common agreement was that the Lifelong Learning project gives Glasgow and Bethlehem every reason for building their twinning arrangement.   More visits and exchanges have been planned.

 

 

 

Mike Osborne of Glasgow University at Falafel

 

Professor Mike Osborne is Co-Director of PASCAL International Observatory and Director of the Centre for research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning.  The Centre focuses on citizenship, community-based learning and widening access.  Mike talked about PASCAL and life long learning the opening up of opportunities throughout the Middle East. He suggested that marketing students at Glasgow might take on the project of marketing the hand made soap from Bethlehem. Invitations were extended to Dr Nasser for participation in knowledge exchange between the two cities.  Professor Osborne is one of the Glasgow Lifelong Learning in Palestine team.

 

Martin Rhodes Fair Trade Scotland

 

Fair Trade Scotland mostly raise awareness on foar trade issues. Martin suggested a number of points of contact. Hadeel retailers in Palestinian goods based in Edinburgh run by Carole Morton (email forwarded with details ) Martin will get details for Equal Exchange who import fair trade product , based in Edinburgh , there was a discussion on specialty teas, high end Olive oil products and how to market Soap. One World (which Nabil visited in Great Western Road ) was a good outlet and stocks Palestinian goods. Rachael Ferry is the contact for One world. Nativity sets and crafts were discussed. Traid Craft bases in Newcastle were a point of contact. Deal with Oxfam for Olive Oil discussed , valued at 3 million Euros. Margaret Mulgaven in Renfrew imports Palestinian produce for sale.

  

Esca Chisholm Street Glasgow with Azzam Mohammed

 

Discussion on marketing Olive products with local businessman Azzam Mohammed met top discuss Olive Aid, which is a project that allows people to donate for planting olive trees and helps to protect the land Pauline and Azzam offered to promote this project in Scotland. 




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