Islamic Relief is helping put together a new technical and vocational education and training (Tvet) package.

Islamic Relief and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation are implementing a new project to improve youth employability in the Gaza strip, where one in three working-age people are unemployed. Enhancing Youth Employability will run for three years, working with colleges and trainers to implement a vocational curriculum that meets the needs of Gazans.

Project coordinator Haneen Abu Nahla said the teams working on the new curriculum had been using the Complex Task Approach, which examines employers’ needs, from task-based skills to more practical skills such as problem solving, to identify what needs to be included an a vocational curriculum.

The pilot

Six occupations across the construction and information technology sectors were identified, and the draft curriculum is currently being piloted before being delivered more widely.

Women learn new skills as part of the pilot scheme.

Women learn new skills as part of the pilot scheme.

Haneen said: “The quality of Tvet graduates currently doesn’t meet the expectations and needs of the labour market. The new curriculum seeks to equip trainers with the skills that are required.

“One of the core elements in the Tvet development process is curriculum development. Creating a curriculum is one of the essential functions as it constitutes the guideline for teaching and learning. In training, the trainee also becomes the centre of the learning process.

“The new approach will help young people to think, create and learn differently, and will encourage life-long learning.”

Islamic Relief has been working in Palestinian territories since 1994. Currently around 80 per cent of Gazans rely on government or NGO aid.