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Towards Creative Change in Palestinian Education
Towards Creative Change in Palestinian Education
Educational Enlightenment Days succeed to mobilize decision makers

The Teacher Creativity Center and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education concluded the Educational Enlightenment Days, in vast participation on behalf of school principals, teachers, parent councils representatives, educationists, experts and other stakeholders in the education sector. The Educational Enlightenment Days were held in Ramallah during 1-3 of August, 2010.

The event was organized to raise discussion and debate about crucial educational issues, and to shed light on a heritage of civic values that need to be reinforced and others that need to be established. 

The Enlightenment Days come in line with the Teacher Creativity Center’s vision in a quality education that reflects civic education and human rights values, and that produce enlightened and creative generations able of contributing to a Palestinian democratic civil society.

During the opening day, Mr. Refaat Sabbah, the General Director of TCC, expressed hope in adopting this conference as an annual tradition, in which all stakeholders, experts, and decision makers gather to discuss freely crucial educational issues. According to Sabbah, this will be one way to achieve the desired situation in future education through responsible and creative dialogue. He added that the Teacher Creativity Center is working for the future, it gives therefore, a great attention to learners’ human development, self recognition, sense of achievement, belonging and identity.

Under the title of “education: responsibility of all”, Lamees Alami, the Minister of Education, reaffirmed that the principle of partnership between all stakeholders in educational development. She added that such kind of strong partnership is required in order to achieve a Palestinian comprehensive educational system, effective and renewable.

The first day of the conference addressed educational policies and their impact on civics and human rights education. A number of papers were presented: the vision and strategy of the ministry of education in educational policy making, educational policies from civic perspective, the current status and the future ambitions regarding educational policies, educational policies in Jerusalem, and students, teachers, and principals’ attitude towards the civic educational policies.

The second day was specified for the issue of humanities and civic curriculum development. It addressed also the issue of reinforcing accountability system inside and outside the ministry in order to achieve the necessary progress in education. The sessions and discussions  witnessed calling for activating the role of social monitors on educational formal system, reinforcing a culture of constructive criticism based on facts and research.

Participants discussed a number of related issues including methods of achieving sustainable educational development, planning for curriculum development, effective communication within the ministry and between the ministry and educational experts. The participants recommended  establishing a national strategy for curriculum evaluation in order to develop the curriculum in line with international standards and to achieve integrated human development for Palestinian learners.

They discussed as well the challenges that face civic education development programs. One of these challenges the difficulty in mainstreaming Project Citizen methodology to all schools, the difficulty in integrating citizenship concepts into all curriculum subjects, and financial burdens on schools that apply civic education development programs.

The most dominant issue in the second day was the critical evaluation of civic education curriculum. Participants agreed that there are many problems in the current civic curriculum. They criticized the mistakes in the ministry’s mechanisms regarding civic curriculum development. 

During the final day of the conference, the first session focused on the role of media and NGOs in enhancing education quality. Professionals and experts presented papers about the possibilities of media contribution to a developmental environment for educational in Palestine. The participants discussed the absence of educational media in Palestine, the current situation of Palestinian educational NGOs and their role in educational development, and networking opportunities, importance and obstacles.

The final session in the conference was held under the title “Education Quality: Who is Responsible?”. All Palestinian political parties were represented in this session. All of them agreed on the importance of organizing a national conference to discuss education, find out effective mechanisms to develop the teaching-learning process, and to achieve democratic educational process.

This final session was specified to discuss the role of political parties in educational developmental.

Saleh Raafat, Member of Legislative Council from FEDA  parliamentary bloc (Palestinian Democratic Union), indicated that education in Palestine faces many problems and challenges such as traditional teaching methodologies, quality of education, absence of regular review and assessment of the educational process, detachment between educational institutions and labor market, and weakness in terms of scientific search.

Raafat demanded that the Palestinian Government support development of educational programs and higher education institutions. In addition, he called for rewarding and encouraging scientific research and connecting it to local community needs, and giving more attention to information technology sector, vocational and technical education and training institutions, besides encouraging and supporting talented students and teachers.  

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Member of Legislative Council from The Palestinian Initiative, affirmed that the disruption of the Legislative Council causes all political parties to be unable to influence educational policies and education quality.

Barghouthi called for a huge national campaign to approve the National Higher Education Fund to support students. This fund will benefit about 80% of the Palestinian families, through providing opportunities for higher education student-loans.

Bassam Salehi, Member of Legislative Council from Palestinian People’s Political Party, said that educational development is a crucial necessity in order to produce learners who respect science in all aspects of their lives. He called for educational democratization through enhancing teaching methodologies and making them meaningful to the social life.   
Sabri Saidam, The President’s Advisor for technologies, stated that the Palestinians need urgent change in their educational system. He indicated that achieving quality education is the responsibility of all.   Khaleda Jarrar, Member of the Legislative Council from Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, expressed concerns about a decline in the Palestinian higher education, compared to regional and international education systems. She referred this decline to a number of factors including: trends towards privatization of the educational sector, low teacher salaries, unfair political views-based dismissal, in addition to the low percentage allocated to education from the government’s budget, and the unfair hiring and promotions policy that is based on favoritism.           

the participants agreed on a number of important recommendations including:

Recommendations

The need to reduce the gap between the visions of educators in the Ministry and the implementers of educational policies and plans in the field
Emphasizing the use of scientific research and projects in schools
Working on translating documents and ministerial strategies into action plans applicable at the field level, and the preparation of awareness and adequate training to achieve this
Emphasize the use of action research studies to evaluate and develop the curriculum
Develop a comprehensive plan to evaluate and develop the curriculum
Allocate adequate budgets for the continuous evaluation and development of the curriculum
Enhance the link between the preparation and development of the curriculum relative to the preparation and training of teachers
Transparent dissemination of various documents related to curricular assessment
Emphasize the important role of teachers in implementing the curriculum and provide them with sufficient training
Increase interest in Jerusalem issues and place greater focus on its special educational case
Develop and activate a system of accountability in the Ministry of Education
Establish a Council for General Education which parallels the ”Higher Education Council“ in order to assist in the development and adaptation of educational policies in Palestine
Adopt and reward creative initiatives in the school domain
Prepare and train teachers specialized in civic education
Hold a national conference to improve the quality of education and develop educational policies  that boost democratic education
Improve and raise teacher status, in addition to working conditions and teacher rights
Integrate teaching methodologies into higher education courses in civic education teaching
Organize a specific and special educational conference regarding Jerusalem
Importance in the complementarity between the role of the school and the role of the family
Modify implementing procedures of secondary education exams (Tawjihi)
Increase interest in parent councils and enhance their role
Augment the role of educational media