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La mise en oeuvre de la Résolution 37 C/67 et la Décision 28/195 EX concernant les institutions éducatives dans les TsAO - Document de l'UNESCO Français

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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
17 March 2015

PARIS, 17 March 2015
Original: English

Item 27 of the provisional agenda



This document summarizes progress by UNESCO since the 195th session of the Executive Board in providing assistance to the Palestinian people and their educational and cultural institutions, as well as to such institutions in the occupied Syrian Golan.

There are no financial or administrative implications.

No decision is proposed in the present document.

1. The present document reports on assistance provided to the Palestinian Authority and to relevant Palestinian stakeholders; it also reports on assistance to the occupied Syrian Golan. The reporting period is from July 2014 to January 2015.

2. Detailed information on UNESCO assistance in Gaza, in particular its response to the current humanitarian crisis, is provided in Part IV of document 196 EX/26 ("Occupied Palestine") and is therefore not reported on in the present document.



3. With technical support from UNESCO, the Ministry finalized the draft National Assessment for Education for All report and organized the EFA National Consultation for Palestine, an event held in parallel in Ramallah and Gaza, which gathered more than 270 education stakeholders. UNESCO is also supporting the review and finalization of the first national Inclusive Education Policy, through a broad consultation of ad hoc thematic groups established in both West Bank and Gaza. The national Inclusive Education Policy is expected to be finalized in March 2015. Finally, UNESCO supported the participation of the Ministry in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which was held in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan) from 10 to 12 November 2014.

4. In support of the education for all agenda in Palestine, special focus was given to inclusive and child-friendly education, through pilot child-led activities/innovative teaching and learning in 70 schools (58 government, 12 UNRWA) in the West Bank and in Gaza. The second phase of this project started in August 2014 and will finish in May 2015, benefiting more than 27,000 students and 1,265 teachers. It is funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and AGFUND, and is jointly implemented with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, UNWRA and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

5. With the financial support from the Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People, UNESCO established 12 libraries, 10 in West Bank and two in Gaza, to support vulnerable higher education students by providing them with study and research library facilities, textbooks and other resource materials, as well as dedicated access ramps and restrooms for persons with disabilities. In addition, an advocacy toolkit for the right to higher education in Palestine has been finalized and training sessions were conducted for the librarians on the use of the toolkit which will be the basis for each library to develop its action plans for the implementation of its advocacy campaign. The overall campaign is placed under the UNESCO-led framework on the Right to Inclusive Education, with a particular focus on access to quality education for students with special educational needs.

6. UNESCO continued its active participation in the Humanitarian Country Team and supported the Education Cluster in the process of developing the 2015 Humanitarian Programme Cycle for Palestine. More information on the results of this project can be found in a separate report on the reconstruction and development of Gaza (document 196 EX/26).


7. During the period under review UNESCO continued its cooperation in the field of culture, providing technical assistance, building national capacities of relevant Palestinian institutions, and implementing projects on the ground.

8. The four-year project Archaeological Park of Tell Balata in Nablus (2010-2014), funded by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was successfully completed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the University of Leiden, and with the active participation of the local community. All objectives of the project have been attained: research, survey, excavations, emergency conservation measures, community involvement, and publications. A visitors' facility was constructed, including a museum, an office, as well as an interpretation and documentation hall (a documentary and promotional film has been specially produced to showcase the site's rich history). This comprehensive project is considered as a model for the effective conservation, management and promotion of Palestinian cultural heritage, emphasizing its local ownership and sustainability through the establishment of a management plan and the appointment of a dedicated permanent staff by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The site is now open to the public and can play a greater role in generating economic growth and new opportunities for local sustainable development.

9. In its second year of implementation, the SIDA-funded project "Local Development through the rehabilitation and revitalization of the historic built environment in Palestine" helped to strengthen local technical capacities of 178 architects, engineers and young professionals in the field of cultural heritage preservation through training and renovation of historic sites in the Palestinian cities and rural localities. Twenty-seven historic sites were renovated for public use, and additional 16 sites are in the process of renovation and rehabilitation. The project is thus effectively contributing to the preservation and promotion of the Palestinian cultural heritage and to strengthening the capacities of relevant Palestinian institutions and professionals.

10. A training workshop was provided to the staff of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and site managers on the main principles and mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention, with a special focus on the preparation of reports on the state of conservation on World Heritage properties.

11. UNESCO is supporting the assessment of needs in the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Palestine through an expert mission by the end of February 2015 thanks to the funding from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority project. This assessment will be carried out jointly with the Ministry of Culture with a view to supporting tailored additional activities in support of intangible heritage in Palestine.


12. Two projects supporting freedom of expression, funded through the International Programme for the Development of Communication, were launched in July 2014: "Promoting the concept of young citizen journalism through training and open platforms" and "Empowering the Female Journalists' Club to promote freedom of expression and introduce women's discourse into the public sphere". Within the framework of the first project, 20 young citizen journalists were trained on writing and reporting skills during a workshop organized by local partner Wattan TV. The project also enabled networking among young journalists and the Wattan staff, making it possible for the young journalists to share their stories and publish them on Wattan broadcasting channels. Almost 200 news items have been produced by the trainees, featuring stories, articles and samples of major societal problems. The workshop was designed as a training of trainers, thus ensuring the sustainability of the initiative.

13. In the context of the second project — "Empowering the Female Journalists' Club to promote freedom of expression and introduce women's discourse into the public sphere" — implemented with the Filistiniyat NGO's Female Journalists' Club, 265 female journalists benefitted from training workshops which addressed areas such as gender-sensitive reporting, psycho-social counselling, and social media. The Female Journalists' Club now consists of over 300 active members.


14. Activities to support mainstreaming of gender equality in Palestine are implemented by UNESCO through its Palestinian Women Research and Documentation Centre, funded by the Government of Norway.

15. The online library and database of the Centre, which collects all research and data on gender in Palestine (with relevant regional and international data) was created and officially launched on 2 December 2014 and is now available to the public at the dedicated internet site: As per July 2014, more than 5,000 books and publications specialized in gender were made available on the PWRDC online library.

16. Forty-eight professionals from governmental and non-governmental research and gender departments from the West Bank and Gaza completed a 192 hours-capacity development program for master researchers on policy-oriented research from a gender perspective. The selected participants now form a core master researchers' network. A training toolkit has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Women Studies of the Birzeit University and is being finalized in English and Arabic.

17. In partnership with the Institute of Women's Studies at Birzeit University, the Centre organized a five-day training on "Planning from a Gender perspective" for 22 members of the Gender Advisory Committee of the Palestinian Authority's Security Sector.

18. On 9 and 10 December 2014, the Centre organized an international conference on "The Role of Women in Peacebuilding and Reconstruction" in both Ramallah and Gaza, which was attended by more than 200 international and national experts and professionals working in the field of gender-related studies, to discuss the issues of gender in conflicts, peace-building and reconstruction and to strengthen research and policy network in this area across Palestine and at the international level.

19. As part of the campaign against gender-based violence, the Palestinian Women Research and Documentation Centre conducted a story-telling and community theatre workshop activity for marginalized youth and produced a theatre play which was performed in November and December 2014. Building on the successful outcomes of this advocacy campaign, recreational and psycho-social support activities through theatre and story-telling benefiting women and children from the UNRWA shelters in Gaza will start in February 2015.


20. "Networks of the Mediterranean Youth" is a regional multisectoral programme funded by the European Union, whose objective is to improve the access and effective participation of youth in developing and implementing national strategies and policies affecting young women and men. Through this programme, UNESCO is building the capacities of youth organizations by increasing their interaction with the media and their use of ICT-enabled platforms, in order to reduce the fragmentation of efforts and harness the collective potential of youth in affecting democratic transition towards active citizenship, political participation, economic contribution and social inclusion. The UNESCO Ramallah Office has completed all consultations and inception meetings to prepare the national launch of the programme.


21. The scholarship programme for Syrian students in the occupied Syrian Golan ($113,000 from the Japanese Funds-in-Trust), was launched in July 2009 to grant 24 scholarships for four academic years to the students from the occupied Syrian Golan. The project ended in March 2013. In the absence of further extrabudgetary resources, UNESCO has so far not been in a position to continue providing this assistance.

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