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Education in Palestine

Small Palestinian flags in front of a window in Gaza city.
Palestinian flags in front of a window in Gaza city.

Palestine`s education system is still very young. The Palestinian National Authority has been in charge of the education system only since the beginning of the 1990s, as a result of the Oslo Accords. In 1994, a Palestinian Ministry of Education was established. A further important player in the Palestinian education system is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) which also runs many educational establishments for Palestinian refugees outside the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
In spite of their difficult condition, education seems to play a major role for ...


If you want to know more about the Palestinian education system, have a look at our webdossier. It provides information on the following subjects:

General Information on Education

"First published as a CD-ROM in 1996, the... World Data on Education has regularly been improved and expanded using the information included in the National Reports on the Development of Education, supplemented with data from other sources." The edition of 2010/2011 is the 7th edition. [Abstract: Site editor's information supplemented by editors of Education Worldwide].

Palestinian Territories
The country dossiers, compiled by the International Bureau of Education of the Unesco (IBE), provide information on statistics (from the World Data on Education - WDE), national education reports, education plans and policies, a bibliography (partly with fulltexts) and links to other sources. [Abstract: Editors of [...]

Palestinian Territories; Germany
The website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides ample information on academic exchange and cooperation with Palestine. Information only available in German. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Palestinian Territories
English Wikipedia article about education in the Palestinian territories. The article is very ample, but obviously has some issues concerning its sources. You will find the following chapters:
1 Education System
2 Education Management
3 Education Finance
4 Education Policy
5 Pre-Primary [...]

Palestinian Territories
This site provides short summaries of the Palestinian schooling and university system.
"anabin" is an information database of the German Conference of Ministers of Education - Central Office for Foreign Education (Kultusministerkonferenz - Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - ZAB). Its mission is to [...]

Authorities and Organisations in Educational Policy

Palestinian Territories
We provide the link to the Minister od Education as we could not find a website for the Ministry of Education.

[Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Palestinian Territories
The website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research provides information on educational goals and planning, statistics, laws and regulations, research, funding and scholarships, accreditation, exams and more. Unfortunately, most of the information is in Arabic - you will find some exceptions for [...]

Palestinian Territories
[This is a copy of the original website as of 23.08.2014 . The original website is offline. Please scroll to the bottom of the page.]
The website of the Palestinian Curriculum Development Center provides a link list of regional Directorates of Education that report to the central Palestinian Ministry of Education. [...]

Palestinian Territories
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is one of the main actors in the Palestinian education system. UNRWA runs "703 schools, 9 vocational colleges, 2 educational science faculties and 2 teacher-training institutes". These institutions are not only run in the [...]

Palestinian Territories
[Unfortunately, many educational websites in Palestine have often become unavailable in recent years. If necessary, please take a look at the Web Archive or at the page of the Palestinian [...]

Palestinian Territories
The National Institute for Educational Training (NIET) is in charge of teacher and other instructors' education and training in Palestine. This one information page in English provides an overview over tasks, goals and activities of the NIET. The rest of the website is in Arabic. [Abstract: Editors of Education [...]

Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission is in charge of the accreditation and quality assurance of higher education institutions and academic programmes in Palestine. Unfortunately, there is no longer an English version of the website. You will find information in Arabic on Licensed Higher [...]

Palestinian Territories
As for the moment the General Union of Palestinian Teachers - GUPT has no website of its own, we link you to the news pages for Palestine provided by Education International, an international network of trade unions in the field of educationYou can find more information, e.g. on the [...]

Documents from Educational Policy

Palestinian Territories
This website of the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education provides a list of fulltext documents (official documents, working papers, drafts, ..) on its educational planning for 2014 to 2019 and on the evaluation of the previous planning 2008-2012. The main document of the planning 2014-2019, "Education [...]

Palestinian Territories
The database Planipolis provides official fulltext documents on educational policy and planning from UNESCO member states. For Palestine you can find documents starting in the year 2000. Planipolis is provided by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). [Abstract: Editors of Education [...]

Educational Reports, Statistics, Assessments

Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics also provides ample statistics including indicators for the education sector. The site furthermore provides information about publications and press releases. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Palestinian Territories
The Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS) provides the most recent basic data on education in Palestine. You will find information on the following issues:
* General information
* Education System
* Participation in education
* Progression and completion in education
* Education [...]

University & Research in Education

This section is divided into two parts: a part about Palestinian universities in general, and a more detailed part about Schools of Education and Institutes for Research in Education - including a reading suggestion on educational research in Palestine.
General Overview over Universities & Colleges
It was difficult to find a comprehensive and official list of Palestinian higher education institutions (in English or German). Even official German institutions like the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) link to the Wikipedia list on their informational website on Palestine. Several sources say there are about 50 institutions of higher education, 12-14 of those being universities. Besides the Wikipedia list, we link you to some statistical comparisons between Palestinian universities provided by the University of Bethlehem. 14 universities are listed in this comparison. Furthermore, you will find a report from 2012 on higher edcation in Palestine.

Palestinian Territories
This Wikipedia article provides a list of Palestinian Universities. They are sorted by territory, and in case they are available, links are given to further Wikipedia articles and websites of the respective universities. Furthermore, you will find a list of further educational institutions in and about Palestine. [...]

Palestinian Territories
The University of Bethlehem provides some interesting statistics on their website. Amongst others, you will find a page that provides a comparison between Palestinian Universities (period 2011-2013, as of Sept. 2014). The universities are compared with regard to their students' enrollment, graduates and new enrollments [...]

This report of 2012 provides an overview over the higher education sector in the Palestinian Territories and also addresses future challenges. Furthermore, it deals with the praticipation of Palestine in the Bologna Process and in EU programmes for scholars' mobility and exchange such as ERASMUS or TEMPUS. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide].

Schools of Education and Institutes for Research in Education
The university schools and institutes listed here were chosen according to the Ranking Web of Universities for Palestine (this ranking is compiled by the CSIC, the biggest public research centre in Spain).
We strongly advise you to take a look at the detailed information we provide for each website (under [more]). As a lot of information is scattered throughout the universities` websites, we linked to more resources in the abstracts written for each website (e.g. information on databases, fulltexts, additional educational research institutes at the university).

Palestinian Territories
The English website of the Faculty unfortunately only provides a contact address and the title of its four study programmes. They comprise basic education as well as physical education. The Arabic version of the website provides some more detailed information about the programmes.
You will find some more [...]

Palestinian Territories
The Faculty consists of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Ibn Rushd Unit for Educational Development. You will find information on the faculty, its staff, and the study programmes of the Department.
In the menu bar on the right hand side you will find a category for "Research" under which you [...]

Palestinian Territories
The English website has less content than the Arabic version. But it provides basic information on the four departments and study programmes of the Faculty: Department of Fundamentals of Education; Department of Psychological Counseling; Department of Basic Education; Department of Curriculum and Teaching Methods. You [...]

Palestinian Territories
The website has a short overview over the faculty. It has a Department of Education primary and kindergarten and a Department of Psychology. Furthermore, you can find a list of programmes offered. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Palestinian Territories
The College / Faculty has two departments: the Department of the Foundation of Education and the Department of [...]

Palestinian Territories
The Faculty website provides information on study programmes, staff, goals, history, structure of the faculty and more. On the university website, under "Institutes and Centers", you will furthermore find the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning [...]

Palestinian Territories
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers two programmes in education: General Education und Education, Lower Basic Level. Their respective websites provides basic information about objectives and lecturers. Furthermore, the university runs a Continuing Education [...]

Palestinian Territories
The site provides information about the faculty itself, as well as specialisations and degrees available there. There are also departments that are listed separately from the faculties, among them the a Curriculum and Courses Department (sometimes [...]

Palestinian Territories
The English website of the faculty provides information on the faculty's history, a list of degrees awarded by the faculty, information on current events and on its four departments: Fundamental Education, Islamic Studies, Psychology, Basic Education. The departments have a page of their own where you can find some [...]

Palestinian Territories
The English version of the website is still empty after the website's relaunch (as of 30.08.17). That's why we provide an older version of the website as of 08.04.2016 from the Internet Archive for the time being. The faculty [...]

Palestinian Territories
The website of CARE provides an overview over its activities (projects, programmes, conferences, ...) and cooperations, amongst others the "Trauma Recovery Project" or the "Life Long Learning in Palestine" Programme. CARE, which was founded in 1989, has a focus on "providing democratic knowledge and educating teachers, [...]

Reading Suggestion: Educational Research in Palestine
The link leads you to a 24 pages preview of the PhD document. To have full access you need a licence. Please ask your local (university) library for information.

"This study investigates the prevailing epistemological and cultural conditions that underlie educational research in Palestine. Using a case study of a major Palestinian University that awards Masters Degrees in Education, the study analyzes the assumptions and the methodology that characterizes current educational research. [...]"

Special Education / Inclusion

Palestinian Territories
The website of the Unesco Office in Ramallah provides a short overview over its activities and its programme for inclusive education. According to its goal of "Education for All - EFA" inclusion is not merely defined as including children with disabilities but as including all children "regardless of their gender, [...]

Palestinian Territories
As the Palestinian General Union of People With Disability doesn't seem to have a website of its own, we link you to (contact) information about the Union on another website. You will find information about the mission and activities from 2010 to 2012, as well as an information brochure for download in pdf format. [...]

Palestinian Territories
This report of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Social Affairs provides a summary of the situation of people with disabilities in Palestine in 2011. The main part of the report consists of statistical data. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Palestinian Territories
Legislative text of 1999 on the "rights of the disabled" in the Palestinian Territories. The link to the legal text was found on the website of the Worldbank. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Journal Articles on Inclusion and Special Education in Palestine
The following journal articles are not freely accessible. Please ask for the conditions of access at your local (university or other) library. If you are based in Germany, please have a look at the Electronic Journals Library (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek - EZB) to find out about libraries that provide access (first search for the journal`s name, then go to the information page for the journal and click on "Liste der teilnehmenden Institutionen, die Volltextzugriff bieten" at the bottom of the page).

Two of the articles linked here analyse Palestine in comparison to Israel.

"A study explored Palestinian teachers' (n=90) opinions on inclusion in primary schools. Fifty-four believed that students with disabilities and special needs should have an opportunity to attend public schools. Eighty-one expressed a need for change in the public schools in order to meet the needs of students with disabilities. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)" [Zusammenfassung: Datenbank ERIC]

"The goals of the present study were to examine the effects of an intervention programme on sense of efficacy and attitudes towards inclusion of pupils with six types of disability, among Israeli (N=66) and Palestinian (N=192) teachers. We also studied how these attitudes were related to their general attitudes towards education; whether regular (N=125) and inclusive teachers (N=103) would differ; and how attitudes towards inclusion and sense of efficacy were correlated. The intervention, which was adapted to the needs of inclusive teachers, was comprised of the three components of attitudes, cognitive, emotional and behavioural. […] [Abstract: Site editor’s information]

"A study involving 1,107 teachers and student-teachers compared special educational policies in Israel and under the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian teachers tended to have a more radical view of issues concerning education and equity as they pertained to the necessity of educating all children in order to build a strong nation. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)“ [Abstract: Site editor’s information]

The following article deals with special education issues amongst the Arab population living in Israel..

Israel; Palestinian Territories
This analyses of the special education situation of the Arab people living in Israel is only available in Hebrew. Nevertheless, the automatic Google-translation can give you some [...]

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