The "Comprehensive School Project" Graduation Ceremony

The Birzeit University (BZU) Center for Continuing Education (CCE) celebrated on June 12, 2013 the graduation of 90 participants in the Comprehensive School Project. The project aimed to work with a number of government and UNRWA schools, including four schools in Jerusalem, to provide an educational environment that helps students to build their knowledge.
The project is funded by the Arab Monetary Fund under the supervision of the Welfare Association (WA), and supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, being one of the most important CCE’s initiatives.
In his opening address, BZU President Dr. Khalil Hindi emphasized the university's commitment to full partnership with all sectors to provide the necessary support for Palestinian schools. He said: "The project managed to develop (160) learning models in science and mathematics for the eighth and ninth grades, whereas teachers got trained on developing curriculum-related activities.”
The Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ali Zaidan' confirmed the ministry’s commitment to provide qualitative learning that responds to the present requirements, according to the pillars of freedom, social justice and human dignity. Dr. Zaidan noted that the comprehensive school program is the fruit of partnership and cooperation between the Ministry and the CCE.
The WA’s Director General Dr. Tafeeda Jarbawi expressed her happiness to serve the Palestinian schools. She added: "The aim of the project is to rehabilitate and motivate school leaders to build learning models that support and enrich the content of the school science and mathematics, curriculum."
The CCE’s Director Marwan Tarazi said that this project comes within the CCE’s vision to provide sustainable educational services that contribute to the development of the Palestinian society and enrich its culture.
The Director of the Unit of Leaning Innovation (ULI) at the CCE Dr. Osama Mimi spoke about the "Comprehensive School" project, noting that the project had three main dimensions, the first being the adoption of four schools from the city of Jerusalem, the second is training fifty teachers from government, private and UNRWA schools on how to use the developed learning models in accordance to modern educational principles. As for the third dimension, a ULI team has conducted two types of research: one to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning modules, and the other is related to the impact of these learning modules on students' Knowledge and skills.