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University awarded international partnership in Palestine

17 January 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University has been awarded its first World Bank funding to support a critical programme of change in Palestine.

Academics from The University’s Faculty of Education and The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will lead two major projects which aim to upgrade teaching practice as part of Palestine’s national strategy.

The first project is funded under the Quality Improvement Fund (QIF), in partnership with three Palestinian universities. The focus is to upgrade teacher education programmes with a focus on the teaching of English. 

The second and larger project is funded under the Teacher Education Improvement Project (TEIP), which is working directly with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine. 

Working in partnership with four universities - Al-Ahzar, Bethlehem, Arab American University and Ramallah Men’s Training College - the TEIP project aims to enhance the teaching practice of the degree programme through staff development and the development of mentor training. This will mean student teachers are supported throughout their teaching practice in the classroom, as well as whilst studying at University.

Sue Kendall-Seatter, Director of Partnerships at Canterbury Christ Church University, said:  “As international consultants we are proud to be involved in such an important project which has mutually beneficial aims and vision. The ambitions of these projects chime closely with our own partnership strategy where we seek to share knowledge, skills, resource and vision for mutual and wider benefit.

“In sharing our experience and expertise in a country eager to develop its teacher education, particularly at Primary level, we’ll be helping future generations of children and teachers in Palestine for years and decades to come.”

Chosen for its reputation for outstanding teacher education, Christ Church has appointed a team which includes Professor Petra Engelbrecht, an internationally renowned academic for research in children education.  The project will be facilitated via regular video conferencing as well as regular visits to Palestine.

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Notes to Editor

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
  • Over 90% of our newly qualified teachers are in teaching jobs six months after finishing their course.
  • Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2012, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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