The Know Thy Heritage (KTH) Leadership Program has grown into a global movement, connecting Palestinian youth in the diaspora to their shared homeland and to one another, building a network of advocates who are working collaboratively for the unification of Palestinians everywhere. During the visit of Rateb Rabie, KTH President/CEO to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) he introduced the mission and goals of the organization to Palestinian organizations and activists. As a result, Palestinians in Canada decided to establish a KTH committee.

On January 15th, 2020, Know Thy Heritage (KTH – Canada) held its first meeting and formed a committee co-chaired by Elias Ayoub and Suhair Al-Haj, with the objective of partnering with Palestinian organizations in Canada. The committee aims to promote the program to Palestinian youth groups in Canada, by introducing the KTH Leadership Initiative and encouraging them to apply to join the July 2020 journey “Explore and Serve Palestine”. Our target is to send 20 delegates from Canada.

The KTH organization KTH is focused on empowering the Palestinian youth diaspora by strengthening their knowledge of their Palestinian identity, culture, history, traditions, as well as their understanding of the Palestinian economic environment, political landscape, social structures and conditions. The program empowers the Palestinian youth diaspora to become active citizens to achieve a just peace through education, leadership, and advocacy.

In spite of the many challenges faced by Palestinians, both at home and abroad, KTH continues to produce bold Ambassadors of Peace who are taking the program to new levels each year. To date, KTH has welcomed more than 300 delegates from 20 countries and 5 continents. Together, the delegates reflect diverse professions of special importance to the development of Palestine such as business, finance, law, engineering, communications, academia, medicine, and more. With ancestral cities covering the breadth of Palestinian geography and the depth of its cultural varieties, the delegates truly represent the diversity of the Palestinian nation, now spread throughout the world.