Contribution details

Education for Employment

Activity start: 11/1/2013 - Activity end: 5/31/2018

Strategic Partner organisation Svenska Kyrkan (Church of Sweden)
Swedish responsible organisation Trossamfundet Svenska kyrkan
Local implementing organisation Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land
Region West Bank and Gaza Strip
Sida department Unit CSO
Strategy South
Sector group Education
Sectors Higher education
  Budget Outcome
TOTAL 3,200,000 3,300,000
2014 800,000 800,000
2015 800,000 800,000
2016 800,000 900,000
2017 800,000 800,000

Description, goals and expected results

Dar al-Kalima College (DAK) i Betlehem arbetar för att ge unga palestinska män och kvinnor, både kristna och muslimer, kunskap och verktyg för att bygga ett bättre liv för sig själva och det palestinska samhället – att utveckla sin fulla potential. DAK startade sitt college i syftet att adressera frågan om mänsklig säkerhet och vikten av utbildning för anställning som garant för den säkerheten. I dokumentärfilmsprogrammet som Svenska kyrkan varit med att bygga upp är kontakten mellan colleget och den privata sektorn en viktig del. Man vill utbilda människor för anställning och för att bli agenter för social förändring. Under programperioden kommer Svenska kyrkan ha en person sekonderad som lärare vid colleget.

  1. What are the causes of the problem that the project will address?
  • A worsening political and economic conditions leading to high level of unemployment amongst Palestinian youth
  • Irrelevant higher education fields being taught at Palestinian universities and thus compounding the problem of unemployment amongst the graduates who are highly educated
  • The fast growing technological developments in media and the digital technology, which if not kept up with, a relatively expensive education in this field becomes outdated and those in it will be redundant.
  • Outdated equipment and infrastructure at the College that needs to be upgraded to offer the new curriculum
  • A weak relation between institutions of higher education and the private sector, as higher education is not responsive to the needs of the market, compounding unemployment.  
  • Conflict zone with an unbalanced coverage and where the Palestinians are not participating in telling their story
  • Conflict zone where the human story of the people is not told

A region where young people are more and more using media as a tool of expressing themselves. This could be developed to become a medium for social transformation.

Results achived by the end of the activity period

This project is part of the Church of Sweden region programme for Israel & Palestine 2014-2017. Towards the end of the programme period we have been able to verify the following examples of general or specific results:
-The rights of Palestinian farmers from the West bank have to some extent improved through CoS’s partner organization Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). E.g. in Yatta, RHR brought farmers rights to access their lands into court, and coordinated with the army in order to prevent the army from blocking the farmer’s access, resulting in a legal ruling enshrining the right of the farmers to access their lands twice a week. The improvement is however fragile-court rulings are often ignored by the army.
-Organized interreligious dialogue and education has to some extent increased the understanding of other religions and other people.
-Organized environmental education and promotion of young people organizing themselves has increased the respect for, and the understanding of, the significance of land for all people during conflicts.
-During 2016, norms and traditions regarding women’s rights have been challenged through the work of CoS’s partner organization.
-Increased knowledge in the European Parliament regarding the situation in the Israel-Palestine region, especially regarding demolitions in Area C.
-Increased knowledge among CoS and partner organizations regarding the issue of shrinking space for civil society in both Israel and Palestine.
-CoS emphasized the necessity of an evaluation of their partner organization DSPR during DSPR’s Round Table meeting in Amman 2015. The evaluation, which at the meeting was decided to be carried out in 2016, aims to further develop DSPR as a civil society organization with a clear right based approach focus. As a result of CoS’s participation in the meeting an open dialogue between DSPR and CoS could be held.