Gaza - Press House
On Saturday, September 04, 2021, the Media Center at An-Najah National University, in collaboration with Press House – Palestine (BAS), held a dialogue session on the topic of “Distance Learning as an Alternative for Face-to-Face Learning-Challenges and Recommendations”, as part of “Strengthening Free & Independent Media in Palestine” project activities, in partnership with the Norwegian and the Swiss Governments.
The dialogue session was held in Nablus City, with consideration of high prevention measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID 19, with participation of Mr. Tharwat Zaid, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at Ministry of Education, in presence of a number of journalists (women and men), students and graduates of media colleges in the West Bank.
Ms. Tamara Habaiba was opened the dialogue session and stressed the importance role of Press House in light on the distance learning challenges and recommendations, in order to develop this side.
From his part, Mr. Tharwat Zaid addressed the concept of education and learning and work method of Ministry of Education during Corona pandemic, explained advantages and disadvantages of distance learning and how we can build on this challenge and in this phase for serving face-to-face learning in Palestine, as each one has its advantages.
Also, he presented the experience of the Ministry in distance learning during COVID-19 pandemic and how it controls the continuity of learning process despite all health, material and technical difficulties, as the work plan was edited many times and computers were provided for many students and faculty members and the speed of Internet was doubled.
Mr. Tharwat Zaid discussed the experiences of other countries around the world, how they used the distance learning, how the Palestinian experience was distinguished despite many difficulties and challenges, how students results were evaluated, outputs of electronic phase in light of Corona pandemic, in addition to the ministry plan for the current academic year and the readiness for any emergency.
The dialogue session included a number of participations from participants, which focused on how to collaborate in a serious way, to suggest ideas contribute in developing distance learning in Palestine and what are the practical procedures that should be taken for the positive change in this issue.