An-Najah and the Ministry of Education Sign an MOU to Design and Implement a Professional Diploma to Qualify Kindergarten Teachers
On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, An-Najah National University represented by Dr. Saida Affouneh, An-Najah President's Assistant for digitization and e-learning affairs, and the Ministry of Education represented by its minister Prof. Marwan Awartani signed an agreement of designing a professional diploma to qualify kindergarten teachers as part of the "Improving Early Childhood Development " Project (ECD).
Dr. Affouneh pointed out the importance of early childhood emphasizing that the University, represented by Prof. Abdel Nasser Zaid, gives the project a high priority. She also commended the partnership with the Ministry of Education stressing that this partnership aims at improving the quality of education in Palestine. The Diploma targets 1005 kindergarten teachers who will get training courses on kindergarten teaching in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.The diploma includes five modules that cover five core subjects dealing with enhancing the quality of services provided to children as well as updating teaching and learning approaches.
In turn, Prof. Awartani highlighted the ministry's development plans that focus on the early childhood sector pointing out that a general administration for the early childhood sector has been developed by the ministry. He also noted that the ministry is commitment to providing preschool education for private and government sectors refereeing to the importance of the diploma in training and qualifying kindergarten teachers and equipping them with the needed skills.
The project will be implemented in two phases; the first phase which will last for one year includes the development of curricula and training materials by the University of Delaware as an international expert in partnership with the Palestinian local expertise in universities and the ministry.
The second phase will be fully led by the universities that the project contracted with in cooperation with kindergarten supervisors and the expertise of the National Institute for Educational Training.
It is worth mentioning that the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University will train 90 teachers from the northern region of Palestine, and the training material will be developed electronically through the e-Learning Center staff at the University.