The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) is committed to the belief that state structures must be developed to serve and be responsive to an active and critical public, which is conscious of its obligations and duties, as well as its rights and entitlements
Over 500 students from Jerusalem schools were participated on a survey as part of a Need assessment study on the dropout situation in East Jerusalem, the final version was produced based on the Working Group feedback, as well as recommendations from ATF and CRS. The study’s strong point is in its focus on the behavioral determinants behind students dropping out in addition to statistical data, reasons and analysis on the problem. In addition, a Policy paper has been prepared included recommendation and means to reduce the negative effects of the problem.
As integral part of project two activities have been organized: a) Vocational training, private lessons, and talented course. It was a real challenge to reach commitments of the students. This problem has overcome by intensive consulting and coordination with administrators and social councilors. The attitude that controlled the process was to maximize the numbers of students as many as possible with emphasis the goals of the courses and training. Private lessons classes were conducted as well. There are three classes: one for mathematics targets the students in grade 11. English and targets the 10 males and 8 females for the 11 grade.
b) Families Awareness Workshop conducted targeting the families and schools administrators to engage them in the process and to enhance relationships with students and adults in order to facilitate successful school performance. The large number of the attended parents mainly mothers who all presented actual cases in front of the officials and representatives of school’s administrators was the first time for them to participate in a public meeting or public discussions. The officials took important notes, the participants includes representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Parents’ Union and headmasters and social experts