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.

School-Based Teacher Development Programmes (SBTD)

UNRWA has strengthened its investment in teachers through putting in place a coherent approach to enhance teachers’ motivation, professional development and career progression. Here the focus is on in-situ continuing professional development programmes: School-Based Teacher Development SBTD I and SBTD II. The two programmes adopt a blended and self-learning approach designed to support teachers in reflecting on their teaching and learning and its impact on children’s learning and wellbeing. Teachers are encouraged to try out new approaches in classrooms and share and discuss their ideas and reflections with their peers.

The SBTD I programme was developed for all teachers of grades 1-6 students teaching different schools subjects, whereas the SBTD II targets teachers of Arabic, English and maths who teach Grades 7-12. A coherent approach is followed in both programmes, reflecting the same principles and based on the latest research about effective teaching and learning and teachers’ professional development. For the teachers to complete either programme, it takes approximately nine to twelve months. Upon the successful completion of the programme, an UNRWA certificate is awarded.

The SBTD I and SBTD II programmes address key focus areas of teachers’ practices inside the classroom, these include:

  • Developing active learning pedagogies
  • Developing learning-focused classroom practices
  • Promoting assessment for quality learning
  • Enhancing literacy and numeracy learning in all school subjects
  • Ensuring the use of inclusive approaches in teaching and learning
  • Engaging parents and communities in raising students’ achievement

The programme materials provide teachers with input and ideas through research findings, case studies and activities. All are directly linked to teachers’ day-to-day practices to support reflection as to the impact on students’ learning and motivation. Through actively studying the SBTD I and SBTD II programmes, teachers will become better equipped and empowered to deliver quality, equitable and inclusive education, and the Palestine refugee students will benefit.

For more information, please click here.

In More Detail

Human Rights Promotion
UNRWA began a project to promote human rights education in its schools in...
11-year-old Saja, from the area of Sha’af in the eastern side of Gaza City, thinks about the difficult times she had last year when school commenced after the 2014 conflict. She remembers trying to finish her homework by the dim lights during consistent electricity cuts. Since 2006, the Gaza Strip has been plagued by a chronic electricity crisis with rolling blackouts that last between 12 to 16 hours per day that heavily affect the most populated areas. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Awad
Education in emergencies (EIE) Through its Education in Emergencies (EiE)...
University Scholarships
The UNRWA scholarship programme provides access to university education...
Vocational training
The UNRWA technical and vocational education and training and youth...
Teacher Training
Teachers are UNRWA’s single most important educational resource; central...
LftF Modules
Leading for the FuturE (LFTF) LftF was developed in 2013 to improve the...
SPTD Modules
School-Based Teacher Development Programmes (SBTD) UNRWA has strengthened...
Curriculum Key to the vision for UNRWA education, and central to the...
UNRWA launched the #DignityIsPriceless campaign in Gaza on 22 January 2018. © 2018 UNRWA Photo Rushdi Al Saraj
Join the #DignityIsPriceless campaign to stand up #ForPalestineRefugees