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Education and Vocational Training 2018

Education and Vocational Training (campaign 2018)

Introduction

In light of the staggering unemployment level in Palestine, and the severe shortage of professional labor, EAP has taken the initiative to develop the ‘Education and Vocational training’ program in 2016 through various and integrated projects related to education and vocational training.

In cooperation with the most important institutions specialized in vocational training and education in the West Bank, EAP has worked with the Saeb Al-Nazer Foundation, the largest vocational training and education institution in Hebron, as well as the Islamic Charitable Society in the same city.

In the Gaza Strip, cooperation with the University College of Applied Sciences, the largest in Palestine, is being carried out in the area of ​​vocational and technical education. In Lebanon, the Welfare Foundation in Sidon, operating as the largest vocational education and training projects in Lebanon has been accredited to serve the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

General objectives

  • Rehabilitation of the needy children of poor families professionally and preparing them for the labor market.
  • To encourage individuals to develop their theoretical and transferrable skills appropriate for specialized professions.
  • Ensure that the apprentice obtains a recognized vocational certificate that qualifies him to work in his country or in other countries.
  • Contribute to support the development of the Palestinian society affected by training and qualifying cadres to work.
  • The development and revitalization of this professional aspect within the Palestinian society, where vocational training has become an effective path in the development and graduation of cadres in Palestine and this field is required in large sectors in the Palestinian society.
  • Opening new business horizons in Gaza in particular (and priority economic areas) by expanding the knowledge base and expertise of young people taking into account the needs of the local labor market.

 

  

Program Reality

In 2018/2019, EAP was honored with the education and training of 300 students in both the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

The VET project implemented in the developed countries – Germany, Sweden and Canada, is a pioneering project in these countries. We implemented it on the grounds and emulated countries with experience in this field.

This program has become valuable in Palestine and has begun to expand to include Palestinian geography and number of students: 

  • 2015/2016 We started with 50 students 
  • 2016/2017 The number was raised to 100 students 
  • 2017/2018 The number was raised to 200 students 
  • 2018/2019 Number 300 students

The program varies from six months to two years depending on the specialized course. Some programs take 6 months whereas others take 12 or 18 months, but the university diploma program for vocational training takes two years. Moreover, it is worth noting that we are dealing with recognized institutes and centers within and outside Palestine which enables graduates to easily obtain a job and have a financial income for themselves and their needy family in Palestine.

The real problem in the Palestinian society

Like any society in the world, there is a class which is unfortunate enough to have access to higher education. This means that these students have been deprived of the opportunity to learn and will furthermore become dependent on their families and society. Instead of being proactive, they will resort to delinquency, criminality and drugs for money.

This class is also neglected, marginalized and undesired by large sectors of Palestinian society.

  

Intervention to solve the problem

EAP has worked to study the reality and map the real local needs through a strong relationship with the institutions of higher education and study centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The aim is to provide advice to the Palestinians and help them to choose the profession and specialization that helps them enter the corporate world smoothly.

The 13 specialized professional specialties include:

  1. Tailoring and garment manufacturing.
  2. plumbing and plumbing.
  3. Electricity of cars.
  4. Electricity houses.
  5. Maintenance of smart phones.
  6. Photography and editing.
  7. Maintenance of elevators.
  8. Arts and Crafts.
  9. Maintenance of electronic devices. 
  10. Agriculture.
  11. Cookery.
  12. Blacksmithing.
  13. Carpentry.

  

Justifications for intervention in this program

  • There are many crucial reasons for the intervention and hard work to contribute to solving this problem. These include:
  • The economic situation in Palestine has been deteriorating, especially during the last ten years. This is as a result of the closure of the crossings in the Gaza Strip and the siege that has been going on for 12 years.
  • Establishing new ways to address restrictions imposed on workers and industries where more diversity of professions is required.
  • The need to strengthen and support vocational education and supply the local market with qualified cadres.
  • The high unemployment rate in Palestine, especially the Gaza Strip, where the level of danger has reached 60%.
  • The percentage of the population living below the poverty line is 50%, and 80% of Gaza residents receive social benefits.
  • The extent of the destruction of homes in the Gaza Strip during the war of 2014 has demolished more than 23,500 houses and which has affected the reality of life in general.

Conclusion

EAP has made this program “Vocational Education and Training” a recognized and active program in the education sector in Palestine and the Diaspora camps. EAP highlighted this area after we have found that a big segment of the Palestinians was neglected and marginalized.

This program has become a requirement for young men and women, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and covers most of the labor, handicraft, craft and professional occupations needed by the labor market in Palestine. A fundamental pillar essentially in supporting the needy Palestinian family, encompassing stability and advanced development of Palestinian society.

We hope you support us in the success and continuation of this project.