In a fast developing and changing world, it is necessary for children and youth to have access to education that can equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for today’s challenges and those of the future. Skills demanded by the labour market are changing. Technological change and global competition demand the mastery of competencies and the acquisition of new skills. While the conversation in the United Kingdom and other Western countries is dominated by innovation and the use of advanced technology, most Palestinian children don’t have access to up-to-date electronic devices or science labs in their schools, if at all. Without access to quality education, young Palestinians will continue to fall behind, and will be more likely to face financial and social challenges.
Poor quality education is almost like no education! It’s not enough to get children into school – it’s equally important to ensure that they gain literacy, numeracy, interactive, life and learning skills.
The Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to improving access to quality education and the overall environment of education. The Education for Life Programme aims to improve children’s academic outcomes and enhance their personal development. It plans to achieve this by improving the overall educational environment - by creating a safe, respectful, inclusive, engaging and enriching educational environment.
Our Trustees are keen to support projects that provide innovative solutions to educational challenges, projects that aim to introduce and support an inquiry based learning approach; that aim to enhance educational infrastructure and facilities and enhance teachers’ and management capacities; and increase parents’ constructive and supportive involvement in children’s education.
Improving Educational Outcomes at Nahaleen’s Boys Primary School
Over two-thirds (64%) of the students at Nahaleen’s Um Shuhada Boys Primary school fail in one or more of the three main subjects – Arabic, English and Mathematics – and over 45% of the students in the school are considered illiterate. The school lacks various essential educational facilities and resources, and those available are of poor quality. The school infrastructure is uninviting, and fails several health and safety standards. The project aims to improve children’s academic outcomes and enhance their personal development. It plans to achieve this by improving the overall educational environment at the school.
The project will provide critical teacher training in class management and educational approaches and pedagogies. It will also improve the infrastructure and educational facilities by renovating the original building, and providing a school library, computer room, science lab, a safe playground, remedial classes and other educational support. The project will also work to enhance management capacities and increase parents’ constructive and supportive involvement in children’s education by providing a series of training workshops and activities.
This initiative aims to provide a successful example of a replicable model for a safe, engaging, inviting, enriching and supportive educational environment. Past educational projects have looked at some elements of the educational environment and processes – it is a unique intervention as it takes a comprehensive approach to improving educational outcomes by improving the overall educational environment.
Nahaleen village is located to the southwest of the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Palestine. The village is surrounded by four settlements of the Gush Etzion settlements (a cluster of 22 Israeli colonies).