The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

What's it like to live in the West Bank? A series of short films produced by young Palestinians gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in Ramallah. Suha Khuffash of the British Council explains.

Mohamed Yehia and the football team he has helped create in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. Photo British Council.

'I had the idea of making something useful for the kids in my village.' Mohamed Yehia and football team in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. Photo by Mohamed Yehia, used with permission.

Mohamed Yehia and the football team he has helped create in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. Photo British Council.

What can children learn from being part of a team? Premier Skills football coach Mohamed Yehia has led a community-focused football project to provide equipment, kits and training to more than a hundred children in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. He explains how football can bring about positive change in children lives.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council's Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.

Half-finished construction on Benghazi University in 2012 (Photo by BBC World Service under Creative Commons licence)

Half-finished construction on Benghazi University in 2012 (Photo by BBC World Service under Creative Commons licence)

Half-finished construction on Benghazi University in 2012 (Photo by BBC World Service under Creative Commons licence)

In the aftermath of recent violence, the Libyan government is trying to repair and improve its higher education sector to meet massive demand from the country's young population. The British Council's Dr John Law explains how Libya is developing its universities.

A particular smell could make you stressed, happy or even fall in love. Photo by Mitchell Joyce on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

A particular smell could make you stressed, happy or even fall in love. Photo by Mitchell Joyce on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

A particular smell could make you stressed, happy or even fall in love. Photo by Mitchell Joyce on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How do smells affect our emotions? Ahmed Badr, winner of the international science communication competition FameLab in Egypt, explains his presentation on the science of smells and tells us why science communication is important for his country. Ahmed will join the international finals in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.