EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI): Assessment study of learning challenges experienced by Palestinian students
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
Subject: Assessment study of learning challenges experienced by Palestinian students
Based on initial assessments by the Ministry of Education (MoE) on education and poor learning, three interlinked issues contribute to low achievement: a poor learning environment, poor quality of teaching, and children with learning problems, including disabilities, difficulties and disadvantages. In response the MoE has taken some actions to address the first two areas. In response to the third area of concern, problems in learning, the MoE has identified the need to have a better understanding of the prevalence and the type of specific learning problems which Palestinian children experience and the wider factors that great challenges for children in learning. Unless the reasons why Palestinian children are not learning are better understood and the challenges in learning (disabilities, difficulties, and disadvantages) they experience addressed within an inclusive learning environment, a large number of Palestinian children will continue to be excluded from learning by teachers who label them as low achievers or non-learners and leave them out of learning in the classroom.
The purpose of this research is to conduct an assessment of the prevalence of learning disabilities, difficulties and disadvantages amongst Palestinian children and the overall learning challenges they experience; and provide recommendations for the development of approaches and strategies for interventions
The results of the assessment will support the MoE in being able to identify and reach struggling students and adapt different approaches to address their needs; thereby improving the quality of education and learning for all. The research study will present a holistic picture of context of learning within Palestinian schools and communities with a focus on the prevalence of learning disabilities/difficulties/ disadvantages amongst Palestinian children. Conclusions will provide a foundation for developing scenarios towards addressing the barriers and bottlenecks that impede the learning of children with disabilities specifically and all children in general with equity. Recommendations will provide actions and suggestions for strategies to improve the learning (process and achievement) over the short and long terms within a child-friendly school approach.
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