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دمج الأطفال ذوي الإعاقة مجتمعياً
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الحملة العالمية للتعليم
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مسابقة " أفضل معلم في العالم "
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الخطة الاستراتيجية
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التقرير المالي
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فينود راينا
Towards Creative Change in Palestinian Education
Towards Creative Change in Palestinian Education
Students hold local government to account in Pales
Improving the road network is essential for developing the Palestinian economy as well as raising standards in road safety. In 2007 the Palestinian Authority declared that half of the Palestinian road network was poor, very poor or beyond repair. Therefore, in recent years there has been a huge drive to develop the West Bank road network.

 In Qabatiya, in the northern West Bank, 30 students in the 11th grade of Izzat Abu Rubb Boys School participated in the Teacher Creativity Centre’s (TCC) Social Audits Project in 2013. Through the Social Audits Project TCC is working with school children in Palestine to monitor and improve the quality of infrastructure projects which matter to local communities

The students trained by TCC chose to investigate the renovation of Qabatiya main street. This was because the work was needed to upgrade transport infrastructure in Qabatiya and improve social and economic activities for local residents. The work involved paving and extending the width of the street, reconstructing two sides of the street, moving electric poles into the middle of the street and paving the sidewalks.

 TCC’s provides students and teachers with training to analyse project documents, conduct project site visits to compare the actual project to the documents, take photos of the project, conduct beneficiary surveys, verify findings as well as engage with stakeholders such as contractors and local government to fix problems.

 When the students investigated the renovation of the Qabatiya main street they were able to confirm that the municipality applied all required procedures to ensure standards were met in the managerial and procurement aspects of the project. The interviews and surveys with families also showed that they were satisfied by the end-result of the project. Nonetheless, the audit also revealed the following discrepancies between the standards of construction laid out in the contract and the actual implementation:

 Telephone poles had been installed in the wrong location;
 Traffic lights and a pedestrian signal crossing had not been installed;
  There were cracks in the paving stones on the sidewalk;
 Rainwater was trapped in some sections of the street and drainage channels were not wide enough and had become blocked with rubbish.

 After gathering this evidence, the student monitors returned to the municipality to present their findings and ask follow-up questions. The students also spoke at community gatherings and gave interviews on local radio stations. In addition to demanding that the identified problems be fixed, the monitors also issued the following recommendations in order for:

 Retaining walls to be built to prevent landslides;
  Street lighting be installed;
  Trees to be planted by the side of the street;
 Local residents to be consulted in project design stages;
  An area to be properly surveyed prior to the commencement of building works;
  An access road to be opened to accommodate the drivers inconvenienced by the street construction.

 Thanks to the hard work of the monitors, telephone poles and wires were moved to the correct location, and traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing were installed. The municipality also installed street lights acting on the recommendation from the monitors. Moreover, since the contract with the implementing company included 10 percent of the budget for maintenance, part of this money was used to widen and clear the drainage channels, to fix the paving stones on the sidewalk and remove the trapped rain water. These vast improvements to a vital public service highlight the value of working together with communities and government to improve the lives of citizens.

 Integrity Action has worked with TCC in Palestine since 2008. During this period, TCC trained 1900 students and teachers as community monitors. These monitors have audited 73 projects within their own communities with a total value of over $13,000,000. This has improved the lives of over 300,000 people living in the West Bank.