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Gaza city, Palestinian territory is a blocked city from outside the world.
Gaza faces a myriad of socio-economic problems. The United Nations (UN) has warned that the citizens of Gaza will not be able to continue living until 2020.
Due to the fact that Gaza is literally a blocked city by a blockade↓; children of Gaza in particular have a propensity to suffer from Learning Difficulties (LD) such as dyslexia.
- UN estimated that within 300,000 primary children in Gaza, 30% of these children have LDs; however in Gaza, there are no professional or qualified teachers who have know-hows on teaching such LD children.
- Furthermore, because of the reality that Gaza is completely cut away from other regions, it is virtually impossible for professional teachers to go across Gaza, and cannot receive such permissions.
Therefore, we, e-Education Team planned to provide teacher-training from outside of the wall by using video contents.
In August 2012, we invited two best Professors of LDs from the University of Jordan (Profesor Mayada and Muna) and connected them to Gaza (200km away) by a satellite class and had special trainings for Gaza teachers on how to teach such LD children. This was a collaborative project with the UNRWA and gave a total of 20 hours training for 20 teachers in Gaza, twice a week in a month.
From UNRWA, Gaza side.
From UNRWA, Jordan side.
What we have achieved from this trial was that teachers of Gaza are now able to teach to their students who suffer from LDs.
- In other words, our next step would be to put these new skills into action! Those trained teachers start teaching their children with LDs in Gaza and making this case study, a prototype of the modern teaching methods of LDs in middle east countries.
- These video contents were recorded in videos; therefore, we plan to provide these teaching materials into UNRWA's 'five fields': Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and West Bank.
- In addition, we will organize seminars that foster mentors for teaching LDs in these countries, and they can lead on this field sustainably in long term.
This second phase will certainly instigate teachers to learn new skills; but most importantly, children with LDs can benefit and can now fully utilize their potentials for their future.
‘’e-Education saves the children of Gaza and break down the ‘wall’ through an innovation of distance-learning technology!’’
Teachers from Gaza city, after taking all the video sessions.