Today, a group of educators and workers in the educational field called for the necessity of re-engineering the study plan for schools, taking into consideration the physical and human resources with an integrated community partnership that includes everyone and does not exclude anyone.
This came in the discussion that was presented under the title "School community and return scenarios" within the meetings organized by the citizenship program at Teacher Creativity Center, with the presence of a group of educators working in the educational sector. The discussion was organized today through Zoom technology and via Saba FM radio.
Ms. Hala Qubbaj presented the general situation facing the world and Palestine in particular in light of the pandemic, and the reality of the interruption of approximately 61% of students worldwide from the educational process and the immediate negative effects on the outputs of the academic and social educational system as well. And the endorsement of the Palestinian Ministry’s proposal to adopt the integrated education model in the academic year 2020/2021, within the framework of an approved health protocol that provides safety and protection benefits for our students and the educational staff.
The main discussion rotated around the mechanisms and tools for safe return to schools in light of the pandemic, and how will the continuity be managed and ensure the inclusion of marginalized groups, especially children with disabilities. In addition to the roles need to be taken during the return stage to schools .
Ms. Samar Jabr, an educational supervisor at the International Relief Agency, reviewed the proposed return plan for the UNRWA , which is based on social separation and safe return of students. The duration of work will be 6 days per week except Fridays, so that the number of students in one class does not exceed 25 students and the agency will commit to face to face education for the lower basic stage and the combined education for the remaining classes taking into consideration the health protocol and the importance of psychological and social support for students and educational staff.
The audience expressed their concerns to their children return to school seats and how the child environment will be in light of the current pandemic. Several questions were also raised about the integration mechanisms for children with disabilities who were affected by the pandemic, neglected and marginalized. Audience also demanded the need for clarity of return plans and the involvement of parents.
Voices during the session called for the importance of working in the current period to build the competencies of educational cadres within schools, and preparing them to receive the students within the proposed scenarios for return, and within the integrated learning approach. There was also a call to the local community and other actors to support schools with the health tools to ensure that the necessary health measures are followed.
It is worth noting that this discussion is part of a series of effective dialogues led by the Citizenship Program at Teacher Creativity Center to discuss the transit process and return scenarios.