What We Do

Our students are among the most highly educated in the region. Since the 1960s, girls have made up around half of UNRWA students.

The Newly Appointed Teacher (NAT) programme is a qualifying programme for newly appointed teachers in UNRWA schools and has been developed to address the professional needs of teachers in the twenty-first century. As such, it is designed to give qualified teacher status to newly appointed UNRWA teachers who successfully complete the programme. Developed as one of the last strands in UNRWA’s Educational Reform Strategy, the NAT programme aims to ensure that all UNRWA teachers have the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to provide the best possible educational experience for every student.

The NAT programme consists of four modules. Its main aim is to have fully qualified and professionally trained newly appointed teachers in place by enabling them to:

  • study and teach at the same time.
  • use current teaching and learning practices and research findings to inform teaching.
  • get to know the students as learners to maximise the support.
  • understand a teacher’s role as a facilitator of learning.
  • support students in their learning whatever their educational, emotional, and social needs are.
  • plan and assess for learning.

Through the NAT programme, teachers learn to integrate student-centred, active, and innovative approaches into daily teaching practice, reflect on their own experiences, and engage with new ideas to develop their expertise. The programme focuses on how teachers can enhance the learning of all students.  The programme includes Module Activities that teachers carry out focusing on day-to-day tasks, such as lesson planning and assessments, to help teachers reflect on and improve daily practice in order to better meet the students’ needs.

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