With “That Breath We Held”, Li Beirut sheds light on an unimaginable collective trauma
Directed by Alaa Minawi in collaboration with Vladimir Kurumilian and Ahmed Amer That Breath We Held is a unique performance linked to the tragedy of the port of Beirut as part of alBustan International Festival
UNESCO and Japan Sign a New Partnership Agreement for the Development of Teachers and Students’ Skills in STEAM and Coding
On 16 February 2022 the Government of Japan and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO signed an Arrangement Letter at the Representative Office of Japan to Palestine based in Ramallah the State of Palestine to support a UNESCOled project on Improving Student Skills for Innovation and Sustainable Development through STEAM Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics and Coding in Palestinian Schools The project is aligned with the priorities of the Governments National Policy Agenda for the State of Palestine and the priorities of the Ministry of Education to provide quality education for all UNESCO believes that STEAM and coding have a powerful role to play in helping students achieve their highest potential and talents because they integrate core contents to enhance students understanding of the material It will build on the successful results of the CapED project on Artificial Intelligence and Coding through which 500 students were reached in both West Bank and Gaza during 2021 The overall objective of the new project supported by Japan is to further empower teachers and students especially girls with skills for innovation and sustainable development through STEAM and coding in primary and secondary education In addition it is envisaged to increase the number of coding clubs in public schools in Palestine In her remarks Ms Noha Bawazir UNESCO Head of Office and UNESCO Representative while expressing deep gratitude to the Government of Japan for the new significant contribution stated With COVID19 introducing a new set of challenges to the educational system across the world and to the Palestinian schools in particular it is anticipated that this project will provide an opportunity to improve the educational process in Palestine through proven means of equipping Palestinian youth with digital soft and technical skills demanded by the labour market For his remarks Mr MAGOSHI Masayuki Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs Representative of Japan to Palestine stated We are impressed by the high literacy rate in Palestine that paints a positive picture of its education system However we believe the Palestinian education system is still in the middle of the path to promote innovation for the younger generation To clear the way for this end Japan has committed to providing a new package of assistance through UNESCO to help Palestinian youth excel skills for innovation and sustainable development as well as expand and promote digital learning UNESCO is the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education sciences and culture UNESCOs programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 As a member of the United Nations Country Team UNCT in Palestine UNESCO contributes to the overall efforts of the UN system to ensure that its work is aligned with the Palestinian Authoritys National Policy Agenda Since the Oslo Accords Japan has been committed to assisting the Palestinians with a view to creating a favorable environment for the achievement of peace in the Middle East and has so far provided assistance that exceeds 21 billion US dollars since 1993 Japan has continued support for the Palestinians right of selfdetermination and their desire to establish a state Japan has been working to mitigate the hardships and difficulties faced by the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and to support their economic development Japan is also determined to contribute to the capacity and institution building that is required to build a viable Palestinian state
Teachers’ training on educational design, technical skills, and best practice guidelines.
Ramallah November 4 Within the framework of the project Developing Digital skills and Education for Sustainable Development through Distance Learning in Palestine funded by Japan UNESCO Ramallah and the Ministry of Education launched training to produce educational videos for the Palestinian Educational TV channel The training on educational design technical skills and best practice guidelines took place at AlQuds Open University in Ramallah Hebron and Nablus from 27 October to 20 November 2021 The training targeted 75 key teachers over 30 training hours UNESCO Ramallahs Education Unit supports the Ministry of Education in achieving its distance learning goals by developing and enhancing the Educational TV channel through the provision of equipment as well as building capacities of educational supervisors teachers and TV staff to improve their digital and 21stcentury skills Bassam Tahboob Director of Education Directorate in Hebron emphasized This is an essential training as it will allow teachers to incorporate technology when developing educational lessons which will be broadcasted on the Educational TV channel