Major projects carried out in this sector can be summarized as follows:
- Equipping and renovating the Dar Attifl Al Arabi school : The project seeks to help this school promote education, provide a modern education environment and improve the learning and health conditions in this institution which cares for and educates needy girls. The Agency has financed :
– Purchasing pedagogical computers and developing the network
– Purchasing school chairs made by the vocational training high school in order to create some commercial activity for this school that trains students in various professions.
– Renovating the school electric grid
– Building an external stairway
– Equipping the two computer labs with 60 new computers for the primary and secondary schools, to replace the old computers that were donated by Bayt Mal al Quds Agency and that have become obsolete.
– Changing the school windows with aluminum ones, given that the old metal ones were not insulated.
- Equipping the vocational training orphans school: The project consists in modernizing the school facilities by supplying it with new machines to replace the old ones that no longer meet the technologic evolution.
- Equipping the vocational high school: The project consists in developing the school that depends on the Arab orphan commission by supplying new machines and fixing the school’s mechanics workshop.
- Granting scholarships to Al Quds students: The project consists in granting annual scholarships to students who want to continue their higher studies in Moroccan and local universities. It targets needy female and male students who obtained excellent grades but are not able to go to the university because of their economic situation. It contributes to giving to this category of youth an opportunity to continue their studies in Moroccan and Palestinian universities. Eligibility is subject to academic and social criteria to make sure of the student’s legitimacy. In addition, the agency grants to these recipient students a financial assistance to pay for fees and, in some cases, a social assistance to cover some of the living costs. The amount of scholarships is 2000 dollars for literature studies and 3000 for medical and engineering studies. A total of 16 female and male students studying in Moroccan universities have benefited from these scholarships.
- Renting buildings to be used as schools in Al Quds :
As part of its education program, the Agency has rented five buildings to be used as schools in order to ensure the education of Al Quds youth and to develop education. This is a temporary measure, pending the purchase of buildings suitable for schools that will depend on the education department. The Agency has concluded contracts with the buildings owners :
|Ouad Al Jouz school||Ouad Al Jouz||Widad Saadeddine Nirokh|
|Annidamia School||Chaafat||Dhib & Salah Mostafa Abou khodair|
|Sour Baher School||Sour Baher||Mohamed Muslil Soulaimane Al Atrach|
|Sour Baher School||Sour Baher||Mussa Mohamed Mahmud Omeira|
|Annidamia School||Bayt Hanina||Majeed & Ibrahim Kamel Issa Abdullah|
- Paying for the schools construction license fees: Licenses needed to build four schools in Al Quds were paid for by the Agency. The four schools are: The Muslim Girls school, Sour Baher school, Jabal Al Makbar school, and orphans schools in Ouad Al Jouz.
- Purchasing housing units to transform them into schools: The idea of this project is to buy buildings to convert them to schools. These properties are registered as Islamic waqf and reserved exclusively as schools for young Muslims in Al Quds. They will offer compulsory education to the children of Al Quds. They are the following :
– Buying the usufruct of two land plots on which there is a building of three floors for the education department in Al Quds in the Ouad Jaouz neighbourhood. After this property was purchased, the Islamic development bank carried out the finishing works with a financing from Al Aqsa fund and it was converted into a school named «dar Al Aytam al Assassia».
– Buying the usufruct of a land plot with a building to use it as a school for the education department. The Islamic development bank carried out the finishing works at the property that was converted into a school named «Al Madrassa Ashamila Lilbanate».
– Buying the Annahda school: The project consists in buying a building to be used as a school known as «Annahda school», registering it as an Islamic waqf and reserving it exclusively to teach Muslims in Al Quds. It is composed of four rooms and two floors. The ground floor, extending over 170 square meters, consists of 5 rooms while the second floor, extending over 161 square meters is composed of 4 rooms, in addition to a room in 213 square meters land plot located in Bab Hatta in the old city of Al Quds.
– Purchasing a land with two buildings to convert it into a school and a kindergarten : The agency has bought a land plot over which there is a building to convert it into a school in the Ras Lamoud neighborhood. It registered it as an Islamic waqf for the education department. The agency undertook restoration works and continued the construction of these two buildings to convert them into a school and a kindergarten called «Salah Eddine Al Ayoubi».
- Building a kindergarten in Salouane: The project consists in building, maintaining and furnishing a building in the Mragha neighborhood, in Salouane, to use it as a kindergarten for a minimum of 50 kids from the areas around it. This neighborhood is considered as one of the most populated and most under-equipped ones.
- School bags: Under the project, 2000 school bags were distributed to needy students. Each school bag contains school supplies that students take from school at the beginning of the academic year. The project aims to alleviate the financial burden of parents and avoid some expenses related to buying school supplies, in addition to encourage students to continue their studies and reduce the dropout rate.
- Adding a floor at the Princess Basma institution: The project consists in building and undertaking finishing works for an additional floor at the Princess Basma institution for handicapped boys in Al Quds. Extending over 740 square meters, the additional floor comprises offices, classrooms, a mutli-usage room, a lab, bathrooms and an amphitheater. The aim is to have a new department for the deaf, transform the elementary school into a secondary one and help the physically handicapped persons (treatment, training and integration).
- Building an additional floor at the Ibrahimya higher school (Wajdi Abou Ghriba institute): The project consists in undertaking construction and finishing works in this higher school. Extending over 1000 square meters, the additional floor will be used as a main office of the higher school, in order to increase its capacity and promote higher education opportunities in computer, especially for girls, since it has become difficult to access to higher education centers outside Al Quds because of the wall. The project was co-financed by the Islamic development bank.
- Equipping a computer lab for the Daawa and religious studies college: the project consists in equipping the lab with 50 computers, accessories, an LCD screen, as the institution badly needed them for the students’ research and studies which are based on new technologies.
- Building an additional floor for the Nidamiya school in Chaafat camp: the project consists in building and undertaking finishing works of an additional floor in the women center in the camp and converting it into a girls secondary school called «Al Massira school». This camp is the largest, poorest and most populated area in Al Quds, since it attracted a large number of poor persons who cannot afford to pay for life expenses in other neighborhoods. This has put a large pressure on services, worsened by the building of the racist wall. The project objective is to accommodate the maximum number of male and female students in primary education, help settle the problem of classrooms and schools shortage in the camp and offer schooling opportunities, especially for girls.
- . Rehabilitation and restoration of schools in Al Quds « Fine schools » program »: The program consists in rehabilitating and restoring schools that depend of the department of Islamic waqf. The majority of these schools are old buildings that need to be restored and to be endowed with pedagogical means. The “fine schools” program seeks to generate a quality leap forward in the education environment by developing the facilities and refurbishing most of the schools in various areas of Al Quds, in addition to equipping scientific and computer labs and other tools needed for the pedagogical process. It also contributes to alleviating the burden on the department of education that suffers from a lack of funds. In this context, 10 schools were refurbished:
-The Nidhamia school in the Chaafat camp
– The girls refugees school A
– Iqraa kindergarten and school
– The Islamic orphanage school A
– The Islamic orphanage school D
– Asshabat al-Muslimate school in Al Quds
– Sheikh Saad girls secondary school
– The Islamic orphanage secondary school
– Omar Ibn Al-Khattab boys secondary school
– The Sharfate mixed primary school
- Equipping the Ibrahimia college with books and bookshelves: The project consists in developing the library by endowing it with books, manuals and office furniture, in order to improve the level and quality of education provided by the university.
- Equipping and furnishing the computer room and the library at the Asshabat al-Muslimate school in Al Quds : After the school was refurbished in the framework of the fine schools programs, the Agency has also equipped and furnished the computer lab room with 24 computers and all the needed accessories, the reference room with a chair and an LCD screen, the house-management room with all household tools and appliances, and the library with valuable books and references.
- Renovating and grassing the salouane secondary school stadium in Ras Lamoud : The project consists in creating an equipped space where students can practice various sports activities during the day. It will be used by sports clubs and youth during the evening. It will help teenagers have useful activities in their spare time and keep them away from delinquency and drugs consumptions.
- Building Hassan II school in Ouad Al Jaouz : The agency endeavors to have education institutions to improve the culture and education level of Al Quds students, offer them education opportunities and fill up the severe shortage of classrooms and schools in Al Quds. These schools also contribute to limiting dropout.
The school was built on a 800 square meters area. The agency had already paid for the construction license fees. The school comprises 10 classrooms, 4 offices for the administration and the teachers and two multi-usage rooms. There will be between 200 and 230 students attending classes in this school from 6th to 10th grade. After the end of construction, the school will be fully equipped.
- Building and equipping the Palestinian child institute and the two pedagogical parks in Al Quds university: The project consists in developing the Bayt Hanina campus and the neighboring parks by building and furnishing a second floor and operating the institute’s specialized clinics (health, psychology and education) in addition to developing the land plots surrounding the institute to be used as a pedagogical park. The goal is to extend comprehensive children services and a modern and developed learning environment to integrate children with learning problems with their peers, for the first time in Al Quds, in addition to meeting the urgent need of protecting and supporting Palestinian children, especially in the city of Al Quds which is facing all kinds of harassment, and improving the skills of human resources working in children development.