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The Educational process in Rafah, Challenges and Ambitions. May 22, 2003

22-05-2003 00:00

Since the beginning of the Intifada, the town has witnessed massive violations of human rights, which have affected basic services, including education.
There is an urgent need for new schools, to review the curriculum and to ensure the safety of children at school.
The Center contacted the Ministry of Education and UNRWA and informed them of the results and recommendations which were raised by the public in the meeting.
The meeting was also covered in the media.
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of participants 48
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of women 11 out of 48
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of women that spoke-up 3 out of 13 Key Speakers: Mr.
Saeed Harb, Director of the Education Directorate, Rafah, Mr.
Muhammad Abu Hashim, Educational Suoervisor in UNRWA, Mr.
Darweesh Abu Sharikh, Director of the Al Amal Society for Rehabilitation.
Summary of issues raised by the guest speakers: The Ministry of Health and UNRWA worked very hard to keep the service in spite of the deteriorated security conditions in Rafah.
Rafah is still in a bad need for school buildings and classrooms.
Both UNRWA and the Ministry are prepared to build new schools, but they lack the land.
Community figures and NGOs should cooperate to find the needed land.
Rafah schools witnessed a significant increase in the violence due to the situation in the OPT.
There should be new programs to deal with this problem.
The Ministry should review the curriculum experimentation.
Teachers, parents, students and scholars should participate in the evaluation of the new curriculum.
Increasing numbers of pupils join schools every year.
UNRWA provides the service for over 30,000 students, while the Ministry serves the rest of the population.
The Ministry is requested to review its policy of recruitment.
Teachers from Rafah and Khan Younis were not admitted last year.
The process of employing new teachers should be more transparent to the public.
Summary of answers given by the public: The ongoing Israeli violence in the OPT has greatly affected the educational process.
However, the Ministry of Education made enormous efforts to keep the process functioning.
The Ministry and UNRWA do not provide adequate services to the disabled.
They are requested to help some 6,000 handicapped people in Rafah.
The number of students per class at schools is very high and expected to increase.
The Ministry and the UNRWA are responsible for resolving this situation.
Programs which focus on the treatment of psychological troubles are required, especially as the violence is continuous in the town.
The key speakers agreed that the above mentioned Ministry's decision which prevented teachers from Rafah from being employed last year due to the existing restrictions on movement was not right.
The salaries of teachers must be reviewed as they affect their performance.
Planned and undertaken follow-up of issues raised:
The Center contacted the Ministry of Education and UNRWA and informed them of the results and recommendations which were raised by the public in the meeting.
The meeting was covered in the media and numerous concerned persons and entities were informed of the event.
Summary of evaluation forms of participants and speakers:
The overall evaluation of the meeting is positive.
Participants expressed their satisfaction with the theme and were content with the meeting.

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