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Ministry of Education, RTM launch new partnership project

Dec. 20, 2018 12:14 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 2:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Education and Higher Education with the presence and participation of His Excellency Dr. Sabri Saidam, and RTM, launched the new project Partnership for a new Approach to Early Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.).

The 3-year project will target 45 preschool classes and schools in 11 districts and directorates, involving different Palestinian actors and institutions which share the commitment to promote a fundamental children’s right: the right to a qualitative early childhood education.

The conference was held in the presence of the Project Coordinator and Country Representative of RTM, Ms. Anna Toldo, the General Director of the General Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), Mr. Youssef Odeh, the Communication Officer of the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation (AICS) in Jerusalem, Mr. Marco Giallonardi, and the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Christian Educational Institutions in Palestine, Father Iyad Twal.

During this event, His Excellency Dr. Sabri Saidam announced the gradual implementation of the mandatory pre-school education, starting from the next school year. H.E. Dr. Sabri Saidam also pointed out that there will be a constant communication with local councils, municipalities and civil society organisations working in the early childhood education (ECE) sector in order to give priority to the opening of public kindergartens.

The Minister stressed out that this decision complies with the framework of the strategy adopted by the MOEHE aiming at developing the ECE sector in response to the new public Education Law concerning the preschool education.

Dr. Sabri Saidam stated that the MOEHE is moving ahead with the construction of kindergartens throughout the country, which includes providing all the requirements needed to increase the number of the preschool classes and continuing to implement training programs for the people working in the ECE, expanding the partnerships with local and international institutions involved in the early childhood sector.

The Minister praised the active partnership between the MOEHE and RTM, stressing that this partnership establishes an educational approach that achieves the desired goals, most notably the real development in the ECE sector.

As explained by RTM Project Coordinator and Country Representative, Ms. Anna Toldo, P.A.C.E. aims at increasing the quality, accessibility and sustainability of the Palestinian ECE system by fostering public-private partnership. These objectives are respectively pursued through:

- increasing the professional competences of MOEHE staff in pedagogy and management of ECE services and of the staff of 60 public and private pre-school institutions in terms of lesson planning, learning environment and family participation;

- ensuring access to qualitative ECE services to children and families living in marginalized areas of the West Bank by opening 30 new public pre‐school classes and expanding and/or reorganizing 15 already existing private schools;

- starting-up a Pilot Center for Creative Reuse of waste materials with mixed management (public‐ private) in Bethlehem, to supply schools across the Governorate and promote creative reuse in West Bank.

P.A.C.E project is funded by AICS and implemented in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem; the Greek-Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Ibdaa Cultural Center of Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem; the Municipality of Reggio Emilia – Institution for Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers; the Reggio Children Foundation – International Center Loris Malaguzzi; the Reggio Children S.r.l. and Al Quds University.

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