UNRWA strengthens its self-learning programme

11 October 2019
A student in Gaza using the ILP at school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo

As part of its Education in Emergencies approach, the UNRWA Department of Education has further developed and diversified its student Self-Learning Programme to include a mobile application for the Interactive Learning Programme and new educational UNRWA TV episodes. Originally developed in response to the emergency contexts in Syria and Gaza, the Programme currently supports students across all fields of UNRWA operations.

The Interactive Learning Programme (ILP) includes educational games and activities that focus on literacy and numeracy for students in grades 1-9. In 2017-2018, the ILP website was fully reviewed and updated to ensure that content is aligned with the principles and competencies in the UNRWA Curriculum Framework. To support students who have limited access to the internet, an offline mobile application for the ILP resources is made accessible on Google Play for Grades 1-3. In 2019, UNRWA worked on further outreach to parents and teachers on the use of the UNRWA Self-Learning Programme.

UNRWA has also designed educational TV episodes for students in grades 4-9 in the core subjects of Arabic, English, Maths, and Science. In 2018, 24 new episodes for students in grades 4-5 were developed and are now available on the UNRWA TV YouTube channel. The multimedia episodes prompt students to think creatively about the subjects and serve as an engaging way for students to continue their learning at home.

The Self-Learning Programme serves as a key aspect of the UNRWA Education in Emergencies approach, which aims to ensure that students can continue to access education, even in times of emergencies. By facilitating the learning of common basic skills and concepts, aligned with the four UNRWA Host Country curricula, the Self-Learning Programme supports those children who cannot regularly access school to learn at home or in their communities in times of crisis. It is also a great tool to enrich the learning of children who can access schools as normal.