EYE Project Developing Implementation Plan for National TVET Strategy for the Gaza Strip

Islamic Relief-Palestine began developing an implementation plan for the National TVET Strategy under the Enhancing Youth Employability (EYE) Project, holding a forum for the TVET stakeholders in the Gaza Strip on April 15.

The one-day forum took place at the Roots Hotel meeting hall and was attended by over 80 TVET stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Labor (MoL), the Ministry of Education (MoE), and TVET centers.

It was opened with speeches by the IR-Palestine Director, Mr. Muneeb Abu Ghazaleh, Head of Guidance and Counseling Department in the Ministry of Labor, Maher Abu Rayya, Deputy  Assistant of Ministry of Education, Dr. Ziad Thabet, and international expert Ingwer Nommensen, who is a member of the Project Advisory Committee  of the EYE Project..

Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh, in his opening speech, stressed the need to enhance youth employment opportunities, which is a major concern and focus for Islamic Relief.

“The three-year EYE project is one of the strategic projects targeting the vocational reform for the Palestinian youth, Abu Ghazala explained, adding, “the strategic advantage of this project is the high-profile relations and partnerships built with different stakeholders in the Gaza Strip which all constitute  to overcoming the difficulties facing youth employability.”

EYE Project Manager Ammar El-Qidra, presenting the National TVET Strategy (revised in 2010), underlined the importance of integrating the Gaza Strip in the TVET reform process, in order to respond to labor market needs, and to provide high quality vocational training that helps young Palestinians find suitable jobs.

“This forum aims to develop a strategic vision that addresses Palestinian community needs. This will be implemented in the coming year,” he said, adding “building a unified educational and vocational training system is necessary to ensure the availability of skilled vocational workers and opening new fields and occupations.”

For his part, Dr. Ziad Thabet said “we are dealing with a national TVET strategy that shall develop the TVET system in the Gaza Strip” pointing to its role in developing the capacities of TVET teachers and trainers.

Dr Maher Abu Rayya said the Ministry of Labor has a high interest in developing the TVET system through implementing a partnership-based strategy. He thanked Islamic Relief’s continuous efforts in developing the TVET system through curriculum development and human resource development.

The implementation plan for the National TVET Strategy is being developed and supervised by international and local experts in strategic development and planning, in accordance with international standards and specifications.