How Ministry of Education in Gaza faced challenges and improved the educational process?

Days of Palestine – Gaza – During the past years, the Ministry of Education in Gaza has not hesitated to advance its lofty mission of providing education for all and improving its quality and standards at all levels, despite the challenges and difficult circumstances created by the blockade and division.

The Ministry has worked to meet the needs of learners to adapt to the requirements of the era of communications and information technology, deepen their understanding of religion and expand their thinking in a healthy, balanced environment that qualifies them to defend national rights, perform duty efficiently, and be open to human societies.

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The government agencies in Gaza set their sights on the goal of building a righteous Palestinian person who cherishes his religion and his homeland, interacts with the development of science and technology, and contributes to building his society, so they provided the Ministry of Education with all the means to reach its vision.

The Ministry’s achievements varied in various aspects, including the development in educational indicators, the issuance of strategic and operational plans, the expansion of school buildings and constructions for the benefit of schools and higher education institutions, electronic transformation, and information management.

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In just 15 years, the Ministry established 3 training centers, 129 new school buildings, and added 556 classrooms, while it received and installed 49 complete solar energy systems for schools.

It also established 10 technical-vocational units in schools to enhance the orientation towards technical and vocational education, chapel in 80% of schools, and 13 buildings and facilities for government higher education institutions (Al-Aqsa University, Palestine Technical College, and University College of Science and Technology).

The ministry equipped 244 computer labs and provided 219 smart whiteboards and interactive displays (LCD) for schools, as well as 32 megabytes of internet service for each school.

The Ministry worked to save water by drilling 250 water wells in government schools and establishing 125 desalination plants in districts and schools, in addition to establishing dental clinics that provided annual health care services to about (200,000) students.

In terms of projects, the Ministry has established the Voice of Education Radio and the Rawafed Educational Channel, in addition to electronic transformation and distance education, especially with the educational process being disrupted since the emergence of the “Coronavirus” pandemic in the Gaza Strip.

The Rawafed portal has become one of the most prominent Palestinian educational platforms, as it includes 28082 educational materials, 4,202 electronic tests, 2,800 videos, and video lessons.

The achievements of the Ministry did not stop there, as it created 19,181 virtual classrooms with more than 940,000 students interacting, and prepared 160 educational packages at a rate of 80 packages per semester.

The Ministry also established 155 new scientific laboratories and provided laboratory tools and equipment with funding of $ 2,856,000, and equipped 74 school libraries and supplied them with 115 laptops, 6 central libraries, 3 libraries in training centers, and an electronic library and computerized 254,566 books.

The ministry produced 24,000 leather flipcharts to promote various study subjects, 2,500 electronic educational kits, 500 educational robots, and 3,000 educational games promoting the principle of active learning.

The Ministry paid attention to the human cadre, as it held about 1259 training courses, amounting to 31,604 training hours, of which 15772 employees benefited in the field of human development, languages ​​, and computers.

The ministry appointed 11,500 new teachers and employees, while 15,000 teachers were employed on a daily basis, and about 50,000 were employed on temporary employment.

The Ministry did not ignore the disabled, as it equipped 25 counseling rooms with toys, opened 7 central guidance units after equipping them, and worked to adapt the buildings to suit them, and is still distributing 740 aids for students.

The Ministry also appointed 10 shadow teachers and 7 speech therapists, provided speech therapy services to about 2,000 students, and distributed enlarged books to 1270 people with visual impairment.

The Ministry focused on adult education, as it opened 25 centers dedicated to this and provided opportunities for them to enroll in academic education and 11 centers for parallel education, in addition to kindergarten institutions by granting licenses to 700 kindergartens, 60 private schools, and 19 special education schools.

It launched a higher education information system to connect the 25 higher education institutions with the ministry, and it succeeded in computerizing the comprehensive applied examination in terms of content and test administration by 100% and improving enrollment in higher education institutions from 70,000 students to 100,000.

The advanced systems introduced by the Ministry of Education made it possible to provide accurate and fast services that previously took time, especially the certification process, as 150 certificates are now legalized daily, at a rate of about 30,000 annually.

(Source / 29.03.2021)

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