The co-applicant of the current intervention is Al Quds University (AQU), a Palestinian University established in 1984, and specifically the Child Institute. The AQU, which just opened the first Special Education BA in Palestine from the academic year 2014/2015, will have a crucial role in implementing, together with TdH It, the MoEHE and the JDoE, the educational strategy of the action. AQU will be involved in designing the monitoring system, creating and updating the database, data analysis, production of reports, factsheets and other relevant publications, and screening of children. AQU Education and Special Education students will take their internship collaborating as volunteers in main project activities, including the mobile team in charge of the home-based schooling.
Burj Al Luq Luq, a grassroots-based organization promoting socio-cultural activities in the Old City of Jerusalem, which will be involved in the organization of summer camps, awareness raising activities as well as in the identification of children currently excluded from the school system.
Madaa, a grassroots organization based in Silwan, which promotes socio-cultural and educational activities, will be involved in the creation of the home-based school support program, in the implementation of extra-curricular activities as well as in the identification of children currently excluded from the school system.
Addameer, a human rights based organization, will provide legal support to children under house arrest or detained and refer cases of children in need of educational support to TdH It and/or to the JDoE. Further to this, the human rights based organization will be involved in the organization of trainings on legal issues and children’s rights addressed to different stakeholders (other associates, school teachers and parents, TdH It and JDoE staff, community members).
The Ministry of Education and High Education, and the Jerusalem Directorate of Education of the Palestinian National Authority are direct beneficiary and de facto partners of the project. The Ministry has explicitly adopted an inclusive approach to education since 1997. The proposed intervention was designed in full partnership since the phase of need assessment, and the Ministry is particularly enthusiastic to partner with TdH It in East Jerusalem where Awqaf Schools tend to be marginalized. Cooperation with the Special Education Department of the Ministry is fundamental for the multiplier effect of the action: the experience gained during the implementation of the project will be looked at as a pilot experience and relied upon to continue the process of adopting inclusive education, not only in Jerusalem but also in the West Bank.