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2012 Activities:

January, June, July 2012: Ramallah and Hebron, Occupied Palestinian Territory
KAB Training of Facilitators Workshop

Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project in the oPt and the nationalization process of the programme currently underway in the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, 4 Training of Facilitators (TOFs) workshops were held from January to July 2012 in order to increase the KAB teacher base and to monitor and certify 8 KAB National Facilitators as KAB National Key Facilitators for the dissemination and sustainability of the programme in the oPt.

Two TOFs were conducted in January and June 2012, targeting teachers of secondary industrial and agriculture schools and were facilitated by 4 potential NKFs as part of their certification process. The first TOF was held from 21 January to 1 February 2012 at the Haddad Hotel in Jenin and was attended by 25 participants, while the second TOF was held from 17 to 28 June 2012 at the Hebron Tourist Hotel and was attended by 22 teachers (10 women and 12 men). Each TOF was facilitated by two potential KAB National Key Facilitators under the supervision of the KAB Regional Key Facilitator who monitored and assessed their performance.

Two additional TOFs were held targeting teachers of selected technical colleges and delivered by another 4 potential KAB NKFs as part of their certification process. The first was held from 1 to 12 July 2012 at the Hebron Tourist Hotel where a total of 21 teachers attended. The second was held from 8-19 July 2012 at the Caesar Hotel in Ramallah. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Mounir Kleibo and Mr. Raief Shabaneh representing the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and was attended by a total of 23 technical college teachers (10 men and 13 women). The teachers were monitored and assessed by Mr. Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator, and the ILO-RO SME Specialist.

Of the 8 KAB National Facilitators who were being evaluated only 4 performed up to the required standards and were thus certified as KAB National Key Facilitators.

12 July: Ramallah, Occupied Palestinian Territories
Partnership Agreement with the Welfare Association

The Welfare Association (WA) signed, on Thursday July 12th, a partnership agreement with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in its headquarters in Ramallah, in the aim to support the nationalization of the ILO entrepreneurship education package ‘’ Know About Business ‘’ in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The agreement was signed by the Director General of WA in Palestine, Dr. Tafida Al Jarbawi, and by the ILO country representative in the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Mounir Kleibo. The event was attended by officials from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Labour.

Dr. Al Jarbawi confirmed the importance of the ILO initiative to nationalize the "Know About Business" Programme in the occupied Palestinian territory and the extent of its contribution to support vocational education, develop the entrepreneurial skills of graduates, and strengthen the link between the education system and the labour market.

Earlier activities:

Interest has been sparked by the recognized government, and some representatives from education and training organizations, in the Palestinian territories for KAB to be made available in their country. The first step taken was an awareness raising workshop to present the KAB package to interested parties. Followed by a training workshop in July 2009 which gave Facilitators and entrepreneurship education Promoters the ability to deliver KAB in their institutions.

In Occupied Palestine, there are now 8 vocational training centres in the West Bank and 3 in Gaza operating under the Ministry of Labor (MoL). Secondary vocational schools, technical colleges and a technical university operate under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.


In Palestine, the pilot project was meant to introduce KAB in English language at university and in a number of technical colleges. In grades 11 and 12 of secondary vocational schools and vocational training centres KAB was to be introduced in Arabic language.

The objective is in line with the PNA document entitled: "Building a Palestinian State: Towards peace and prosperity" (Paris, December 2007). Economic and private sector development/ youth empowerment will focus on assisting young Palestinians to make the transition from schools into the work place through internship programmes, developing entrepreneurial skills and providing seed capital for business start-ups.

The project which took place from 2009 to 2011 seeked to achieve this overall development objective.

The evaluation is now available here.

Contact:
Ms. Rania Bikhazi – Regional Key Facilitator, Enterprise Development Specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States (ILO Beirut)
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* Note: all data above refers to information available as of May, 2012.

 

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