23.02.2018 – UNESCO Office in Ramallah

Education stakeholders gathered to discuss successes and challenges of the education sector at the Education Sector Working Group


Ramallah – On 21 February 2018, the Education Sector Working Group meeting gathered in Ramallah all main education partners in Palestine, to discuss developments in the Education sector since the last meeting of the Sector Working Group, which had been held in Gaza for the first time.

The meeting was the opportunity to both present achievements in the educational reform and discuss enduring and emerging threats to Education in Palestine.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam emphasized the most recent accomplishments, namely the adoption of the first Education Law in Palestine and the on-going adoption process of the first Higher Education Law. The Minister also condemned the increased attacks against schools and the demolitions of education infrastructures and reiterated the commitment of the Ministry in addressing pressing needs and priorities of Education in Gaza.

UNESCO Representative to Palestine, Dr. Lodovico Folin Calabi commended the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) for Palestine’s progress towards achieving the SDG4 agenda, as highlighted in the findings of the UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report and especially with regards to the integration of technical and vocational education into general education, the expansion of pre-school education, the digitization of the education system and the renewed focus on Higher Education. UNESCO is supporting the development of recommendations for higher education institutions, to improve the quality of higher education programmes and the relevance of scientific research. Dr Folin Calabi called on the relevant national authorities to act united to achieve the common goal of a better education system in Gaza, by integrating key development trends in the field of regulations, planning and management and by bridging existing gaps in school infrastructures and learning environment.

Ms. Paula Malan, Head of Development Cooperation of the Representative Office of Finland, speaking as the co-chair and on behalf of the Joint Financing Partners emphasized the importance of the new LACS structure which she expects will facilitate the inclusion of the education sector in the overall national education agenda and more focus on the engagement and dialogue with key partners.

UNRWA Chief of Education Dr. Caroline Pontefract provided an update on the status of universal primary education services to Palestinian children by UNRWA impacted by its on-going funding shortfall and highlighted the austerity measures put in place and presented the global campaign #Dignity is Priceless launched to ensure that Palestine refugees students continue to receive quality education.

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