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The Palestinian Coalition for Safe School Environment & Ministry of Education Launch the Global Work Week for Global Campaign for Education for All
The Palestinian Coalition for Safe School Environment & Ministry of Education Launch the Global Work Week for Global Campaign for Education for All

During a press conference in Ramallah, held on Wednesday (14/4/2010), the Palestinian Coalition for Safe School Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, announced launching the activities of the Global Work Week for the Global Campaign for Education for All. The aim of this work week is to increase budgets specified for education  
 
Ilham Abdul-Qader, the General Director of Activities Department in the Ministry, announced launching of the Campaign in the Palestinian Territories for this year, which is the third consecutive year of implementing the GCE here. This year’s Campaign is organized within against the international policy to reduce budget allocated to education, following the decision of the World Bank under the pretext of the international economic crisis.

Abdul-Qader pointed out that 1,400,000 school students in the West Bank and Gaza are expected to join the Campaign in more than 2430 schools. She added, as a sign of the success of GCE in Palestine, that 84,000 students will be enrolled in schools within the next three years. Abdul-Qader, asserted that education is of great importance in the financial policy of the Palestinian National Authority, which is clearly reflected in the ongoing increase in budget of education. She called, at the same time, the Ministry of Finance to raise the budget of education in line with its development plans and projects.

She added that all those who are really interested in educational development are encountering a huge challenge, and they need to put more efforts to scale up education quality whether in terms of administrational, academic, or infrastructural issues, especially with the restrictions imposed by occupation and its violations to the right to education.

Ilham Abdul-Qader reminded in her speech with the Ministry’s achievements in producing and implementing a Palestinian national curriculum that is considered in line with the modern knowledge and information expansion, in addition to the construction of more schools and classrooms in line with the natural growth in enrolment, as well as hiring more educational cadres for the implementation of developmental programs.

Mustafa Barghouthi, member of the Legislative Council, expressed appreciation to all efforts made to scale up education in Palestine. He explained that the major problem is in education quality; thus he called for adopting the goal of “Quality Education for All”. He demanded, as well, to increase budget allocated for education within the general government budget.  Barghouthi called for adopting the Law of National Fund for Higher Education, passed by the Legislative Council in its first reading unanimously. This project costs about 2-3% of the aid and support provided to the Palestinian Authority, noting that the approval will solve the problem for 180,000 students.

Barghouthi pointed out that in light of the stalled work in the Legislative Council, we need a presidential decree from President Mahmoud Abbass to approve the Law of the National Fund for Higher Education, which would allow students to benefit from scholarships and grants, in addition to access to loans to assist in completing their university studies, stressing At the same time, the need to create more job opportunities for graduates.

Barghouthi emphasized that education is the most important tool for Palestinians to build their independent state; and Israeli occupation has been working to destroy this tool especially in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Anees Barwish, Acting Secretary General of the General Teacher Union, expressed thankfulness to all those who contribute to the development of education in Palestine. He pointed out that teachers’ rights are of high priority for the Union. This is part of developmental plans for education, where educational process has been suffering setbacks, according to Barwish. He called for an effective role for the Union in improving education, which can be achieved partly through improving competencies and qualifications of teachers and educational administrative cadres.

Nehaya Hamed, Representative of the Palestinian Coalition for Safe School Environment, read the conference's closing statement which stressed the education sector’s need for more quality developments, in addition to what has been done by the Ministry of Education for this purpose.

Hamed clarified that the GCE in Palestine aims at reminding the Government and decision makers of the importance of education to Palestinians, and the significance which more attention to it makes. She called for increasing budget of development programs in education in line with the requirements for improving quality of education.

Within a presentation of the activities that will be implemented by the Coalition during the Camaign, Hamed highlighted two main activities: Central Marathon in Ramallah (19/4/2010), and the “Lesson for All” which will be organized in all public, UNRWA and private schools in both the West bank and Gaza Strip on 20/4/2010. The Coalition will announce later details (dates and locations) of the activities in the national newspapers. It is important to mention that the Global Campaign for Education is organized this year under the goal “One Goal: Education for All.. Fund it Now”.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Coalition for Safe School Environment is a national coalition that includes Palestinian non-governmental organizations and teacher unions, it has been established in 2007 in order to bring together all efforts and focus them in improving quality of education in Palestine. The Coalition seeks to establish for educational policies and regulations that ensure the right of each Palestinian child to a quality education