The Teacher Creativity Center participated, from 10-12 December, in the Second Middle East Network on Innovative Teaching and Learning (MENIT) workshop in Amman, Jordan. The workshop included participants from four Arab countries: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with the aim of establishing and developing a network that focuses on educational reform in the participating countries; the center was represented by project coordinator Ms. Tamara Tamimi over the period of three days. Tamimi emphasized the importance of the center’s participation in this national meeting, emphasizing the significant implications this meeting would have on the action of the center, mainly in improving the quality of education and creating a safe and democratic teaching and learning environment.
Participating in the workshop was 31 Palestinians out of the 74 participants, representing official institutions: Ministry of Education and Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in addition to the United Nations Work and Relief Agency (UNRWA), and a number of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the education sector. Dr. Basri Saleh, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, thanked the GIZ for supporting this network and providing all necessary resources and information to ensure its development, success, and sustainability.
The participants joined six different theme groups: early childhood education, methods of interactive teaching and learning, professionalization of teaching, online community of practice, effective research, and talented teachers’ community. Mr. Zaher Atweh from the Ministry of Education delivered the statement of the Professionalization of Teaching Theme Group, while Dr. Ahmed Janazreh delivered the statement of the Online Community of Practice Theme Group. Space and time was provided during the second working day for the participants to set up a “booth” to present the publications of the organization, so that the remainder of the participants have the chance to get acquainted with other organizations working in the educational sector in the participating countries. The participation of the TCC in the “marketplace” was of high importance, providing the center with the opportunity to introduce its action and form networks with other individuals and organizations, such that sustainable partnerships are formed and subsequently joint projects could be implemented. Dr. Rashid Jayousi, from the Quds University, participated in the E-learning session, emphasizing the importance of E-learning and touching upon the eradication of computer illiteracy in Palestine.
During the last day, the participation of Palestine was represented in the lecture provided by Dr. Omar Abu Al Homos, from Al Quds University, during a session about the cognitive dimensions of critical thinking. Palestinian figures also participated in other workshops including Public vs. Private Education, and New Dimensions in Teachers’ Preparations. It is also worth noting that the attending members elected a steering committee of 8 members, which will follow-up and provide support and guidance to the members of the theme groups.
Tamimi also emphasized the importance of the participation of Palestine since it supports the Palestinian status regionally and internationally, and provides the Palestinian people with the chance to depict the status of education in the occupied territories, highlighting the oppressive policies practiced by the Israeli occupation against educational institutions.