Australian–Palestinian Partnerships in Education and Health (APPEH) English Language Textbook Support Project 6Feb12 February 5, 2012

Last August Iman Masrieh and Malak Soufian, Palestinian senior educators with the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon, were funded by APPEH to visit the SA Department of Education and Child Development. We are now looking for support for a follow-up project that will build on the highly productive visit.

English Language Textbook Support Project

The curriculum for children in UNRWA Palestinian schools is required to be that of the host country. In Lebanon , this means that much tuition is in English, not the Arabic spoken at home. Thus culturally sensitive materials to facilitate learning English are vital. APPEH supports UNRWA’s Education Reform, including improvement of the Lebanese Ministry of Education’s current English language textbooks.

UNRWA’s Education Development Centre’s Core Curriculum Unit is responsible for developing these new textbooks. Their first two batches of textbook materials (Enjoy English! Grade 1 Part 1 and Part 2 and accompanying materials) were introduced to teachers and students in this current scholastic year (2011-12), and are already having a positive impact in schools. The Core Curriculum Unit will be even more effective with new hardware and software, accompanied with training, which would enable them to carry out their own graphic design and formatting, rather than the current time-consuming and expensive outsourcing.

APPEH’s  English Language Textbook Support Project comprises the purchase of new hardware and software, training of staff on the UNRWA textbook team, design of templates and monitoring design and formatting of the new Enjoy English! Grade 2 Part 1 textbook materials. APPEH seeks your support in funding all components of the project: hardware; software; and provision of training (we have been fortunate to secure the services of a skilled mentor, Hamish Walker, at ‘volunteer’ rates).

By allowing production of textbook materials in-house, the project will not only introduce new efficiencies and savings, it will also be developing the capacity of UNRWA Education Program staff.

Contributions are fully tax deductible. You can:
make a direct deposit (and send me an email to let me know you have) to:
BSB 805 050 (People’s Choice, Light Square )
Acct: 4407302
Australian Palestinian Partnerships
send a cheque to
Australian Palestinian Partnerships
PO Box 3151, Melbourne St
North Adelaide, 5006

Thanks for your interest and generosity.
Jon Jureidini

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