The EYE Project Embarks on Curricula Development Training

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Islamic Relief has started with practical steps for developing curricula for six occupations in the Construction and Information Technology (ICT) sectors. This initiative is part of the  ongoing efforts to upgrade the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in the Gaza Strip.

Project Coordinator Haneen Abu Nahla said the methodology used in curriculum development is based on an advanced methodology of TVET curricula development called the ‘Complex Task Approach’ (CTA).  This methodology mainly depends on occupational analysis of the labor market from the employers’ perspective.

Based on the occupational analysis results, complex tasks are created through developing learning situations that combine technical, personal, social and methodological competencies, according to Mrs Abu Nahla.

The coordinator added that a team of international and local experts are involved in the curriculum development process for the targeted occupations. They are working closely with six specialized groups consisting of trainers from the TVET centers of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, UNRWA, and other technical and vocational colleges.

The ‘Complex Task Approach’ (CTA) is adopted in the National TVET Strategy (revised 2010) and is being applied in the West Bank as well as in the Gaza Strip. CTA is being introduced as an integrated methodology that enables trainees to acquire all in-demand market competencies that qualify them to be highly efficient employees.

The draft curricula for the construction and ICT occupations are expected to be finalized by the end of June, and be pilot-tested  at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2014.