20.08.2015 - UNESCO Office in Ramallah

UNESCO Ramallah Office hosts Closing Ceremony for Phase I of the OFID funded project entitled “Improving Access to Quality Education for Palestinian Children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”.

Group photo with awarded principals, master trainers and teachers, Ramallah (Left), Gaza (Right). ©UNESCO

Ramallah, 19 August 2015. Within the framework of the OFID funded project mentioned above which came as part of the implementation to the “Education For All” (EFA) Package on Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Inclusive Education (IE), a closing ceremony for phase I of the programme was held in Ramallah on 17 August and in Gaza on 19 August after two years of implementation.

These ceremonies, organized by UNESCO, in partnership with the MoEHE, UNRWA and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), provided an opportunity to honor and celebrate all the teachers, principals, supervisors and education counsellors who received training on inclusive education, child-led activities and action research during the life time of the achieved phase I.

The event in Ramallah took place at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and was opened by the representative of MoEHE Mr. Tharwat Zaid, Director General of the Supervision Department, who stated that “Any project-based learning or child-led activities in the future should be under the active class room which the MoEHE is now implementing” followed by Mr. Junaid Sorosh-Wali who, on behalf of UNESCO Ramallah Office, also attended the ceremony in Gaza. In his welcoming message, Mr. Sorosh-Wali stated that this is “the occasion to honor very important people who work directly with our children and who spared no effort in learning new teaching methodologies which increased the participation of our students in the teaching and learning process.”

Representatives from UNRWA and the  Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) were also present at both ceremonies who both reassured the importance of improving access to quality education. Achievements and succes stories of this programme were presented by teachers from both Gaza and the West Bank. In Gaza City, the ceremony took place at the Roots restaurant. Dr. Zeyad Thabet, Deputy Minister from the MoEHE opened the celebration with an introduction on their work to support the EFA agenda.“This project has been distinguished for having many partners working together especially the Ministry of Education and UNRWA which supported the success of the prject”.

During the events, 617 certificates were handed out to 70 school principals, 118 master trainers and 429 teachers from both UNRWA and MoEHE pilot schools in the West Bank and Gaza who attended the different trainings, learnt new methodologies and were a significant support to the implementation of the inclusive education inside their schools.

We are celebrating the people behind the successes of our inclusive education projects who are leading the way in including everyone in the classroom. Who see and understand the tights, the value and the dignity of every child, boys and girls. We are thanking all of them for their hard work and commitment to make a difference in these children’s life,” stated Mr. Sorosh-Wali.

Officials of both MoEHE and UNRWA expressed their high commitment to the continuation of implementing inclusive education approaches inside their shcools, however, both stressed the need to expand this programme in the future to include more schools  within phase II of the same programme hopefully to be funded by OFID.

 

For more information on this event, please contact: Majd Beltaji, Public Information Officer of the UNESCO Ramallah Office, at m.beltaji(at)unesco.org   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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