In 19th of January 2022 number of Khutwa community teachers across the West Bank and Jerusalem, as well as several Qaddumi Foundation alumni from the Gaza Strip joined the OEP trainers at the kickoff session of the pre-programme mentor training. The mentor training will be followed by launching a four-month “Acting as an Innovator” training program for Palestinian teachers in February 2022. The program aims to empower 400 Palestinian teachers from the West Bank and Gaza over the course of three years.

“Acting as an Innovator program aims to spark a positive and innovative digitally inclined development mindset among teachers in Palestine through equipping them with tangible tools to help spark their imagination to identify challenges in their learning environment, and design and develop solutions to the challenges in the form of powerful and impactful learning projects with a digital dimension. In this way, impact is maximized throughout the entire learning ecosystem. 

Acting as an Innovator focuses on teachers as the primary and essential agents in the educational process; they work on the front lines on a daily basis, and therefore are best placed to identify challenges within their learning environment. Through the program, participants will develop innovative projects with a digital dimension, aimed at offering solutions to the challenges highlighted during the Covid-19 global crisis. All projects are implemented within the participants’ immediate learning communities. Encouraging the teachers themselves to engage in this type of thinking and digital experimentation allows for the type of bottom-up change that is so crucial to overall educational reform, which cannot happen through a top-down process alone. While a top-down approach is necessary for processes, it can’t bring innovation which can only come from the people who are involved in the day-to-day of education. 

Acting as an Innovator helps teachers embrace an innovation mindset through taking part in interactive online workshops, mentoring from experienced educators, and developing and implementing their projects on the ground. In addition, it follows a “Training of Trainers” approach whereby selected members of each cohort receive the additional guidance necessary to become mentors and certified trainers themselves and deliver the program to subsequent cohorts. OEP Finnish experts will train the first group of trainers, and they in turn will train following group of trainers and mentors, and so on. Khutwa sees this as key to ensuring transfer of knowledge and expertise for program sustainability.”

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OEP is extremely happy and excited to be part of this important initiative with Khutwa and Qaddumi Foundation!