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Hanan Al Hroub

Innovator in Nonviolent Teaching

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Date of Birth:



Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Transforming Education in Conflict Zones

Brief bio

Hanan Al Hroub is a Palestinian teacher who has garnered international recognition for her pioneering approach to education in conflict zones. Growing up in a refugee camp and experiencing firsthand the impact of violence, Al Hroub developed educational strategies focused on play and trauma recovery, helping children cope with the adversities of conflict.

Major Milestones


  • Early Life in a Refugee Camp: Her formative years in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp profoundly influenced her commitment to education and nonviolence.

  • Development of Educational Philosophy: Inspired by the need to address trauma in her own children, she formulated an educational approach that emphasizes nonviolence and play as healing methods.

  • Global Recognition: In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Global Teacher Prize, recognizing her contributions to education amid conflict.

  • Advocacy for Peaceful Teaching Methods: Al Hroub has become an international advocate for nonviolent education, speaking at numerous educational and peace forums.

  • Author and Educational Leader: Published a book detailing her educational approach, which has been implemented in various schools within Palestine.

  • Pioneering Nonviolent Educational Practices: Developed a teaching methodology that uses play to deal with trauma, which has been adopted in various educational settings in conflict zones...See More

  • International Advocacy: Uses her platform to promote the importance of trauma-informed education worldwide, especially in regions affected by conflict.

  • Training Educators: Conducts workshops and training sessions for teachers on implementing nonviolent education and dealing with trauma in children.

  • Inspirational Role Model: Inspires educators globally by demonstrating how resilient and innovative teaching methods can overcome the challenges posed by violence and instability...See More

  • Educational Publications: Her writings and teachings provide a blueprint for educators around the world to understand and implement nonviolent teaching strategies in their own classrooms.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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