In Palestine, similar to all other nations, education plays a fundamental and crucial role in fostering social and political change. Creative and innovative approaches to education are a means to mobilize disenfranchised members and groups of society towards better wellbeing and better futures. Central to this view is that teaching and learning should enable critical thinking and facilitate meaningful knowledge building to indigenous populations.
The kind of education that facilitates critical thinking and independent, self-directive learning is simply not available to the vast majority of the Palestinian population. Our partner in Bethlehem, Ibtikar, has developed a program, Creativity and Innovation in Education, which recruited 20 teachers and 2 community based organizations that work directly with 85 students each round, preparing them for real world careers and challenges while equipping them with 21st century skills with a special focus on creative thinking and entrepreneurship. “Students are anxious and excited each day they participate”, said Sulaima Ramadan, Executive Director Ibtikar.
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