Qatar Charity (QC) has launched a QR6mn educational project for Palestinians in co-operation with Reach Out to Asia (Rota).
The project aims to improve the quality of education in a number of government schools in the north Palestinian governorates with equal funding from QC and Rota. It will be implemented in collaboration with the Palestinian ministry of education.
QC received a delegation from Rota at its field office in Palestine. The delegation included Zarmina Nasir, director of international programmes and distance education, Ashraf Nasir from international programmes and Mohamed al-Amri from media, public relations and marketing.
A special ceremony was held in honour of the launch.
Director of QC’s Palestine office Joudat al-Jamal gave a presentation on the organisation, where they are working in Palestine, the sectors in which they operate, their most important achievements and key local and international partners, focusing on the importance of the partnership between QC and Rota for implementation of the project, which aims to improve the quality of education for students in primary and middle stages.
Nasir praised QC’s efforts to improve education in Palestine, stressing the need to intensify efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of the project.
Dr Saleh Basri, assistant undersecretary at the ministry of education, gave a speech on the reality of education in Palestine in general and in areas of the Jordan valley and suburbs of Jerusalem in particular, which are the focus of this project in light of the fact that they are most vulnerable to Israeli attacks.
Project manager Hudaifa Jalamneh explained that the project consists of five main components: building the capacity and skills of educational staff, fostering a culture of reading among students, using sport to improve learning, promote values and build physical skills, using Arab heritage in the promotion of reading and learning, and providing vocational education to enhance learning options and practical skills.
These components will be implemented according to the project plan, which will continue until the end of September next year.
The project comes within the framework of an agreement signed between QC and Rota last year, requiring the two organisations to work together to improve the quality of education in government schools in the West Bank.
The agreement was signed by Rota executive director Essa al-Mannai and QC CEO Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari in the presence of officials from the two organisations.
Through its office in Palestine, QC signed an agreement with the Palestinian ministry of education to implement the project of “improving the quality of education in a number of government schools in the northern governorates”.
The project aims to build the capacity of teachers and head teachers in 15 schools, fostering a culture of reading among students, promoting the use of standard Arabic language and developing curricula.
The targeted governorates are Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan valley.
© Gulf Times 2014