School Support Program (SSP)

Program Summary

Launched in 2013, the School Support Program (SSP) is a USAID-funded initiative implemented by AMIDEAST in partnership with Save the Children. SSP takes a holistic approach to education development in 50 Palestinian public schools. The five-year program, which runs until August 2018, will focus on improving the quality of education in marginalized areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank by improving the educational environment in schools, enhancing community engagement, and strengthening student social competencies.

To achieve its goals, SSP will focus on strengthening leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in schools that serve these populations. In addition, the program will provide career guidance, life skills training, and experiential learning in order to overcome low student achievement. SSP will also undertake renovations of educational facilities and provide new equipment. 
 

Main Goals

  • Improve educational facilities through the renovation and provision of equipment
  • Improve teaching by offering training, providing educational resources, and collaborating with local communities
  • Expand opportunities for students through extracurricular activities, career counseling, and school trainings

Program Activities and Highlights

  • SSP analyzed more than 1,700 schools in order to identify the 50 most educationally marginalized in terms of poverty, educational achievement, drop-out rates, and under-qualified teachers.
  • SSP began to implement a 10-month intensive Leadership Diploma Program (LDP) with the MOEHE’s National Institute for Education and Training (NIET).
  • SSP school principals initiated work on their school improvement plans after conducting a baseline and final assessment for their schools.
  • SSP distributed laptops to enrolled principals and teachers.
  • SSP is fully renovating, furnishing, and equipping computer and science labs and libraries in all 50 schools in two phases: the first phase is targeting 27 schools and the second phase 23 schools.
  • SSP networked all 50 schools to allow for WiFi internet access while the Ministry of Education and Higher Education connected 46 schools to the internet through a grant from PalTel.
  • SSP organized awareness session on "How to build self confidence in your children" that targeted students’ parents in all enrolled schools. These sessions witness excellent parental attendance.  
  • SSP formed new parent councils in all 50 enrolled schools through organizing elections.
  • Newly elected parent councils in all 50 schools carried out a school community-based assessment and put together work plans that will increase the involvement of the local community.
  • 1,935 students from SSP schools visited the Meet Math Museum and the Science Discovery Center in Al Quds University and the Natural History museums of the Qalqilya National Zoo.
  • SSP provided a career counseling training for all counselors in all 50 enrolled schools.
  • SSP organized meetings with the physical education teachers in all 50 enrolled schools to decide on the sport equipment they need and the sport events that will be jointly organized.