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USAID works with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education and directly with educational institutions to support their efforts to provide higher quality education. USAID has helped more than 350 teachers improve their teaching skills and 4,000 disadvantaged students continue their education. In close coordination with universities, schools and the Ministry, USAID focuses on improving educational quality and relevance by creating Centers of Teaching Excellence, introducing new teaching methodologies in the classrooms to facilitate learning, providing scholarships for teachers to improve skills, integrating information technology into teaching and learning practices, supporting career counseling aimed at better preparing students to enter the work force; and expanding the impact of early childhood programming.
USAID education projects include:
- Trained approximately 600 teachers in more student-centered approaches to teaching and learning, and supported the Ministry of Education’s efforts to train approximately 70 principals in leadership, strategic planning and developing and implementing school improvement plans.
- Supported the establishment of local Cisco and Microsoft academies at four technical and vocational education and training centers in the West Bank where over 500 students have been trained in the past three years. At one academy, 240 of the 302 students who took the training later found jobs.
- Since 2000, USAID has constructed nearly 3,000 classrooms and renovated approximately 2,700 more creating more conducive learning environments for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian students and allowing many schools to cut class sizes and eliminate the need for students to attend classes in two shifts.
Last updated: January 03, 2014