Support to Education in East Jerusalem

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
08/2020
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
17,760

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Title Support to Education in East Jerusalem
Atlas Project Number: 00106598
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 08/2020
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
Evaluation Budget(US $): 17,760
Source of Funding: Project Funding
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 17,760
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Shuaa Marrar Team Leader smarrar@riyada-consulting.com OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Norway, Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), national partners (Jerusalem Directorate of Education, Beir Zeit University (BZU), Palestinian Counciling Center).
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation n.1:

Staffing Resources: Due to the sensitive context and the lack of access to East Jerusalem by the Palestinian MOE and now more recently the JDoE, the design of the project should be adjusted to take into account the central role of UNDP and additional resources should be provided to help with the management of this project. This is particularly important as the threats to education in East Jerusalem are increasing and it is likely with the continued COVID-19 pandemic and threats of annexation that the management and implementation of the project will likely continue to be extremely challenging. Specifically, it is recommended that additional resources are provided to support UNDP with project management, communications, and monitoring and evaluations.

2

Recommendation n.2:

Reconsideration and attention to Gender: In most of the discussions about gender, the respondents referred to the fact that girls were taken care of and it was well handled within the project. However, they also expressed that boys and young men are at risk in terms of education in East Jerusalem. Therefore, it seems that it would be helpful in the second part of this project that particular attention be given to this issue and perhaps some information gathering is done to understand the exact factors causing this gap in education between boys and girls. This data would help inform future programming and begin proactively to contemplate ways to counter the factors driving boys away from pursuing formal education. It is also recommended that time be taken to consider the impact of COVID-19 on the educational potential of students in East Jerusalem and consider not only how it may affect male and female students differently, but also how the pandemic could potentially reshape the labour market that the educational institutions will be preparing students to enter in the future.

3

Recommendation n.3:

Continue to connect Private and Public schools:Work with the private schools is something that must continue, in particular as both public and private schools are facing such a big challenge from the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem. Through increased engagement with each other the public and private schools and can not only ensure improved quality of education, but they can also present a united front in their shared role of protecting Palestinian education and identity in East Jerusalem

4

Recommendation n.4

Strategizing around the threat of annexation: The threat of annexation is something that remains a considerable threat not only to this project but to the Palestinian character of East Jerusalem. Through the Thematic Working Groups and Steering Committee, it is recommended to strategically discuss and plan in light of the announced Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Taking the time to consider the impact of the unofficial annexation efforts that have been taken in East Jerusalem since the 1980s, would not only help to consider what if any change can be anticipated if it is officially implemented but also help inform programming in the West Bank. It can be useful for the project stakeholders to use the East Jerusalem example as an unfortunate preview of how the systematic annexation process has affected the city in terms of its lack of resources, and its economic and political deterioration, and build a strategy to not only help East Jerusalem but also potentially safeguard the West Bank.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation n.1:

Staffing Resources: Due to the sensitive context and the lack of access to East Jerusalem by the Palestinian MOE and now more recently the JDoE, the design of the project should be adjusted to take into account the central role of UNDP and additional resources should be provided to help with the management of this project. This is particularly important as the threats to education in East Jerusalem are increasing and it is likely with the continued COVID-19 pandemic and threats of annexation that the management and implementation of the project will likely continue to be extremely challenging. Specifically, it is recommended that additional resources are provided to support UNDP with project management, communications, and monitoring and evaluations.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/15]

Three technical capacities have been recruited under the project, to support the GEO Mapping activity and rehabilitation work for Sur Baher school. Additional capacity, namely, education specialist, is required to support the implementation of the quality education intervention, which is in process. UNDP developed the ToR and currently under the Procurement processes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 TOR was prepared and advertised
[Added: 2020/10/15]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/08 Completed
1.2 Review and analysis of CVs
[Added: 2020/10/15]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/08 Completed
1.3 Additional CV’s are requested to meet the job description and requirements which are under review
[Added: 2020/10/15] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/12 Completed As mentioned three HR capacities were recruited to support the development of the Geo Mapping platform and the rehabilitation of Sur Baher School. As for the Education Specialist, who supposed to support the implementation of the quality education interventions, the project team developed the TOR, IC recruitment process was initiated on 29 July 2020, through the procurement unit. Only one application received, we were advised by the procurement focal point at that time to share the announcement wildly through our Partners network, to be able to collect more competitive CVs. Several CVs were compiled and reviewed, but they were not within the required expectation, and therefore an internal decision was made to close the recruitment activity at that time and work on completing the tasks required for the quality education via the available capacities within the project team. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation n.2:

Reconsideration and attention to Gender: In most of the discussions about gender, the respondents referred to the fact that girls were taken care of and it was well handled within the project. However, they also expressed that boys and young men are at risk in terms of education in East Jerusalem. Therefore, it seems that it would be helpful in the second part of this project that particular attention be given to this issue and perhaps some information gathering is done to understand the exact factors causing this gap in education between boys and girls. This data would help inform future programming and begin proactively to contemplate ways to counter the factors driving boys away from pursuing formal education. It is also recommended that time be taken to consider the impact of COVID-19 on the educational potential of students in East Jerusalem and consider not only how it may affect male and female students differently, but also how the pandemic could potentially reshape the labour market that the educational institutions will be preparing students to enter in the future.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/15]

Under output 3 related to the implementation of quality education intervention for phase II an increased outreach will be carried out for targeting boys, specifically within the planned awareness and community mobilization interventions. Aiming to address these issues as outlined above and reducing the dropout rate, level of violence, and increasing the commitment to the education system. High attention to the boy’s needs are taken into account in the design and implementation of the n2d phase of quality education. Moreover, UNDP in partnership with Norway and MoE, is exploring possibilities for building a programme for TVET, to render a comprehensive assistance to the Palestinian national education system.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.2 Implementation is ongoing starting 6 September 2020 until 30 June 2021 when the schools are open
[Added: 2020/10/15] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2021/08 Initiated The Implementation of quality education was started in September 2020, targeting 25 schools, that were distributed among five local partners, in close coordination with the JDoE. The package of the 25 schools includes seven boys schools, five girls schools, and thirteen co-education schools. All is on track as per the approved work plan. History
2.3 Develop TVET Programme for targeting boys’ and girls’ students in East Jerusalem, through an awareness sessions to reduce students dropout.
[Added: 2020/10/15] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2021/08 Initiated This intervention will be implemented by Al Saraya Center for Community Development, which will target five schools targeting boys and girls, development of the questionnaire is currently under process and will be shared with the project team & JDoE for their feedback within the coming two weeks. History
2.1 Five Low value agreements (LVS’s) have been signed with five active local partners to implement the quality education intervention, targeting 25 private schools
[Added: 2020/10/15]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/08 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation n.3:

Continue to connect Private and Public schools:Work with the private schools is something that must continue, in particular as both public and private schools are facing such a big challenge from the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem. Through increased engagement with each other the public and private schools and can not only ensure improved quality of education, but they can also present a united front in their shared role of protecting Palestinian education and identity in East Jerusalem

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/15]

Alla quality education activities implemented in the private schools are in line with the Ministry of Education, national education strategy, in addition under the GOE activity (GIS Urban Analytical Platform), both public and private schools are connected on the same system to ensure comprehensive and equal support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 All scope of work and action plans for quality of education interventions are endorsed by MOE & JDOE
[Added: 2020/10/15]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/07 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation n.4

Strategizing around the threat of annexation: The threat of annexation is something that remains a considerable threat not only to this project but to the Palestinian character of East Jerusalem. Through the Thematic Working Groups and Steering Committee, it is recommended to strategically discuss and plan in light of the announced Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Taking the time to consider the impact of the unofficial annexation efforts that have been taken in East Jerusalem since the 1980s, would not only help to consider what if any change can be anticipated if it is officially implemented but also help inform programming in the West Bank. It can be useful for the project stakeholders to use the East Jerusalem example as an unfortunate preview of how the systematic annexation process has affected the city in terms of its lack of resources, and its economic and political deterioration, and build a strategy to not only help East Jerusalem but also potentially safeguard the West Bank.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/15]

The Education TWG aims to support the education system in East Jerusalem. The members of this group meet on a regular basis to discuss and explore solutions to protect the schools and provide the needed support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The sixth Education TWG was conducted with the participation of the most active donors and partners to support education efforts in Palestine in general and specifically in Jerusalem.
[Added: 2020/10/15]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/08 Completed
4.2 Follow up meeting related to the sixth ETWG
[Added: 2020/10/15] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
Muna Hidmi and Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/09 Completed 6th & 7th ETWG meetings took place during this reporting period. The 6th ETWG meeting was held on 27 August 2020 to present the status of schools' readiness to start the scholastic year 2020-2021 within the COVID19 pandemic. In this regard, a comprehensive "Back to School" report was shared with all respective partners and donor communities. While the 7th ETWG meeting was held on 14 September 2020 to present the results of a donor mapping exercise was conduct with close coordination with JDoE. History

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