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Date posted: September 17, 2020
By MIFTAH

Ramallah 17/8/2020 Based on its interventions to develop government policies responsive to the needs of marginalized social sectors, MIFTAH held a meeting last month to discuss the vocational and technical education program at the Ministry of Education. This was preceded by another session on the budget for the integration and protection budget of the Ministry of Social Development.

In the first session, held on August 17, the discussion revolved around the vocational and technical education program from a gender perspective, aimed at preparing students to make the move from university to practical life and to increase the percentage of female students in vocational education. The participants discussed the programs budget and offered qualitative and quantitative analysis for all vocational and technical education outputs. This programs funding is primarily based on projects from international parties. While the ministrys technical and vocational education program has a limited budget, its developmental expenses are high given that it is supported by the Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA), which means there are available financial resources to redevelop the program so it guarantees an annual 5% increase in the enrollment of female students in vocational education and also opens new, compelling vocational specializations for students such as: cell phone programing, designing automated programs and information management.

There was also a focus on the need to make compatible buildings to accommodate special-needs students and to encourage their integration in vocational education. This program is considered an important entryway for dealing with the growing unemployment crisis, which has reached 52% among BA graduates this year, according to the latest Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics numbers.

This program will be considered an important entryway for dealing with the growing unemployment crisis, which has reached 52% among BA graduates

The participants recommended the need to best invest in the available opportunities for this program and to ensure a comprehensive response from training centers to the emotional and physical needs of students and to provide them with vocational guidance starting from the lower classes until Grade 10. They also recommended the formulation of a national capacity-building plan for educational cadres by producing a guidebook for educational counselors.

Meanwhile, the session held a week earlier on August 10 on integration and protection, discussed the goals and objectives of the program in multidimensional protection, care, rehabilitation and social empowerment in accordance with case-management criteria for vulnerable and marginalized social sectors. The focus was on battered women in particular. The participants also discussed the third goal of the integration and protection program policy pertaining to the protection of women subjected to assault or violence of all forms. They discussed providing a supportive psychological, social, legal and material environment that would ultimately result in the creation of an umbrella of official protection for battered women.

The participants called for increased numbers of targeted women in the programs interventions and to include services compatible for women with special needs, stressing on the need to ratify the family protection law. They argued for their demand by saying that the programs objective and services are based on the need for a comprehensive and contemporary legal framework to address the challenges Palestinian families face. They called for government interventions to improve the services provided by the Ministry of Social Development within the context of this program by increasing its allocated budgets. The budget of the integration and protection program at the Ministry of Social Development is approximately NIS52 million, which comprises only 6.2% of the ministrys budget in spite of its wide scope targeting special needs women, children and the elderly

The need to ratify the family protection law, since the programs objective and services are based on the need for a comprehensive and contemporary legal framework

This session is part of MIFTAHs efforts towards lobbying and advocacy for promoting good governance in Palestine through developing public policies and budgets responsive to marginalized and vulnerable social sectors, which fall under MIFTAHs Finance for Development project implemented in partnership with OXFAM.

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