Planning is well underway to lay the foundations for a large-scale school improvement program by the time schools open in Palestine at the end of August. Announced in April, the USAID-funded School Improvement Program (SIP) will budget $20 million over four years on a strategy to strengthen school leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in 50 schools in marginalized areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Washington, DC, April 16, 2013 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected it to implement a four-year initiative that will provide support for 50 Palestinian public and private schools. The School Improvement Program (SIP) will focus on strengthening leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in these schools. In addition, the program will provide career guidance, life skills training, and experiential learning in order to overcome low student achievement.
Since fall 2010, AMIDEAST’s new advisory board in Lebanon has enabled AMIDEAST to expand its offerings of scholarships and other opportunities for youth in Lebanon. In June, AMIDEAST’s office for the West Bank and Gaza became the second field office to adopt this community-based approach to strengthening its ability to respond to local needs.