Using Zoom application for working on distance, the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA) and the Palestinian Education Coalition (PEC) held a meeting for the coalition members to discuss the education status under the emerging Corona Pandemic in Palestine. With the presence of representatives of coalition member organizations, Refat Sabbah from ACEA, ACEA staff, and PEC coordinator Amal Barghouthi.
The participants stressed on the difficulty of the current situation, especially for education, as the current crisis led to a complete closure for schools and universities, and deprived more than 1,626357 learners of their right to education in Palestine. Unanimously, the participants agreed on the importance of the CSOs role to respond to the emergency situation that contributes to the continuation of the educational process and ensures the support of partner institutions and the complementarity of all efforts to respond and recover from this crisis.
The participants reviewed the most important interventions carried out by the member organizations from the beginning of the emergency. Mr. Nasfat Al-Khuffsh from Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD) presented their experience in the field of "distance learning" and how to use electronic platforms to the end of completing the educational process. Mr. Nasfat also mentioned the importance of the strategic partnership with Teacher Creativity Center (TCC), as the two organizations launched a campaign to support the educational initiatives that would support the continuity of education during Corona crisis.
On the other hand, Mrs. Nadia Shehadeh, from the Mothers School, said that distance learning is important, but there are real problems related to the technical and skills aspects, there is an urgent need to develop this method of learning in order to adopt it as an alternative strategy for formal education during emergencies.
In his turn, Mr. Shaher Badawi from Jaffa Center said that focus should be on the principles of (justice and equality) in receiving the educational services, as well as access for vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities and those with learning difficulties. He also stressed on the need to measure the effectiveness of distance learning in the rural areas and governorates, especially area (C).
Mrs. Afaf Mazarah from Palestinian Medical Relief gave a quick presentation of the most important interventions in the field of providing health supplies and sterilization materials for public institutions, and health and security sector workers during the crisis.
Form his part, Mr. Refat Sabbah, Secretary-General of the Arab Campaign for Education for All - presented a brief summary about the impact of Corona pandemic on the lives of people and the education sector. He reviewed the most important interventions that ACEA is planning to implement at the level of the Arab Education Coalitions, stating that there are attempts by ACEA to list the needs and identify the reality of education In the Arab region. Mr. Refat indicated that more than 1.6 billion learners in 188 countries were affected by Corona pandemic in the world, and this is an unprecedented situation.
Mr. Motasem Zayed and Rawan Ayyash from the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA) provided a detailed explanation about the campaign's efforts to launch a survey for civil society organizations working in the field of education in the Arab region, which aims to help the campaign to draw a road map for its partnerships and alliances for the coming period. In addition, they reviewed ACEA’s framework to reduce educational disorders in light of Corona’s global pandemic, which includes efforts to measure minimum education standards in emergencies in the Arab region, and building the capacities of the coalitions’ members in how to measure these standards.