Once the presentations were given and all the UoG assessment took place, a time came to celebrate the collaboration with the IUG partner. This happened on a sunny afternoon of 3 September in the last week of Block C.We’d booked a room and set up a Skype link to meet with our Gazan friends and partners in real time. There were soft drinks and snacks, some of them really Scottish like Irn-Bru, shortbread and tablet, which Bill said we wouldn’t share with our Gazan friends due to the impact of these foods on health.
But what we really wanted to share was the joy due to the participation in such a successful project and also the certificates! Each of the Glasgow teams had the hard copy of the certificates in their hands and they took turns to come near the computer to award them to their Gazan partners and say a few words of gratitude and appreciation for all their help and feedback in the previous 4 weeks.
After a short break for nibbles and drinks we watched a film made by Ahmed, which showed the problem of sea pollution in Gaza. It was interesting to see what one of the groups had been researching in the four weeks prior to the party but at the same time devastating to see the scale of the problem.
Then there was time for thank yous – Bill, Nazmi, Maha and some of the students took turns to thank everybody for all the hard work and dedication everybody had put into the project. We expressed hope the project can be continued in the next year as it was felt it was a really beneficial experience for everybody involved but we agreed that it would be great to see more immediate involvement on the part of IUG students and some of our students had come up with brilliant ideas of how this could be accomplished.