Dear Tahseen yaqeen
Thanks for your article about our school System in Palestine. Your article has encompassed highly thoughtful and well articulated Thoughts concerning teaching and learning in our Palestinian schools.
here is some of my Thoughts on the subject.
As you know, being a University Professor, I am an educator myself and I would like to express my viewpoints in a brief manner.
I have lived in the U.S. for many years, and I became aware of many issues that can make our Palestinian schools better learning institutions for our children. Now, I understand that we, as Palestinians, live under occupation, and that we have limited resources and limited budgets or money. However, I believe there are many things we can improve under the circumstances.
We need to understand that our children are our future. If we can build a good character and self-esteem along with strong academic foundations, then the Palestinian society will be strengthened.
First, school teachers need to be qualified and trained with child education. Teachers need to know how to communicate with young students at early age. Mistreating and abusing young students will make these children hate teachers, schools, and even Education itself. Teachers need to be able to build and develop positive and strong self esteem, trust, and strong personality in young students. These are the seeds and the roots that will make children grow and become adults who are well developed. When teachers carry sticks and use them to hit young students, then these teachers are intimidating and humiliating and destroying the personality, pride, and self-esteem of children.
The school environment should be friendly where young students should feel want to go to school and want to learn. But we need well trained and qualified teachers who understand the importance of these issues to promote child development. Schools should not look like prisons! When you have a building with some wall surrounding the building with gate, and you have iron bars on the windows, and you have teachers who spend most of their time hitting children, then what you are having is a prison not a school!
Our schools need to be clean, organized, with friendly atmosphere, and have the adequate supplies to help students learn. Good lights, good and proper color of interior paintings, good chairs or seats for students, clean and safe water, and clean rest rooms are all very important. For young children, rest rooms must be close to their class rooms, and children should not go and walk out side to reach the rest room!
Our schools need redesigned curriculum, libraries, labs, and computers. Students from young age should start learning how to use and utilize these tools to help them achieve their educational goals.
PA needs to allocate a significant budget for Education and for schools. Investments in schools and in teacher training are the most important investments for advancing society in the future. The ministry of Education should provide funds to train teachers on learning child psychology and interpersonal communication. Teachers need to attend workshops to acquire additional and creative ways to interact and teach children. More money needs to be allocated to finance school improvements. We need to be able to pay teachers higher salaries so that they can do their work properly rather than keep worrying how to earn more money.
What I have said is important for us to do if we are to become stronger and to resist occupation and to liberate ourselves and to become independent. If we have no respect for human pride, dignity, and self-worth, then our enemies will continue to violate our human rights.
This is only some of my humble Thoughts on the subject, and I thank you for taking the time to read and reflect upon what I said.
I welcome your comments.
Ribhi Daoud, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Wright State University & Sinclair College
Dayton, Ohio Ribhi.Daoud@Sinclair.edu