01 April 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University has successfully secured an extension of it's funding from the World Bank for its primary education project in Palestine.
The project, started in July 2011, aimed to strengthen and upgrade the relevance of the teaching practice component of pre-service teacher education programmes for grades 1-4 as part of Palestine’s national education strategy. It was funded under the World Bank’s Teacher Education Improvement Project (TEIP) in partnership with four Palestinian universities: Al-Ahzar, Bethlehem, Arab American University and An Najah and has received very positive feedback.
From left to right is Mr Tharwat Zaid, Director-General of Supervision and Qualifications in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Ramallah, Dean of the Faculty of Education Dr John Moss and Mr Osama Ahmad Abu Saris.
The University was invited to extend the project to support an additional TEIP project, the professional development of in-service teachers who hold no formal qualification. Modules will be developed collaboratively with the Ministry of Education and selected universities in the occupied territories, with a focus on developing pedagogical subject knowledge in language, math and science. New colleagues from the Faculty of Education will be joining Petra Engelbrecht, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Tony Mahon, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, to contribute to this work.
Sue Kendall-Seatter, Director of International Partnerships at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are very proud to have been awarded further funding to extend this project. This first phase of the project has been very successful, not just in the significant progress made by the participating universities but also in the positive feedback we’ve received from them with regard to our participatory partnership approach.
“The next phase of this project will give us the opportunity to further enhance the skills and expertise of teachers in the occupied territories and improve the education of the children they teach.”
Twenty one teachers from Palestinian schools, district education supervisors and academic supervisors from the three universities in the West Bank and officials from the Ministry of Education visited the University in March. As part of the project that focuses on enhancing the pre-service teacher education programmes, the visit focused on the further development of the role of the mentor in supporting student teachers’ professional development and the way in which mentors in schools, as well as education supervisors, can contribute to the professional development of other mentors in their local area.
Participants visited schools in Kent and Medway, had meetings with student teachers and their mentors and attended a series of workshops and discussions on mentoring as well as recent developments in teaching methods on campus.
Notes to Editor
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 across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey