6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Education is a sector of special significance in the Palestinian case. The national policies agenda focuses on the need to allocate substantial investment to education at various levels since improvements in human capital will lead the development process and build the economy in an independent Palestinian state.

The occupied Palestinian territory has made notable progress in educational quantitative indicators and is ahead of many countries in the region and internationally, including gender equality in terms of student enrolment rates in school and university education; female enrolment rates are higher than those of males at some stages.

The occupied Palestinian territory endorses basic education as a compulsory stage which continues up to tenth grade. Data show that net enrolment in basic education was 94.4% in the 6-15 age group and 88.5% thereafter.These are high ratios, but we will exert more efforts to raise the ratio until all male and female students are enrolled at this stage through a series of appropriate policies and interventions.

One sector that requires focus and attention to raise enrolment rates in basic education is students with special needs. Current enrolment rates for this group in basic education are low with only 45% of special needs students in the 6-15 age group.Specific policies and interventions are crucial to ensure their participation in education.

The goals and interventions needed to develop the educational sector in the occupied Palestinian territory are linked to the content of the National Development Plan 2011-2013 and the relevant sectoral strategies, in particular national strategy for education and higher education, with additional details on issues linked to the enrolment of all students in education without discrimination and the quality of education. This is part of the Palestinian Government efforts to develop its human capital to achieve the MDGs and enhance development in general.

UNDP's work in the occupied Palestinian territory

  • A student at one of the schools in the West Bank who benefited from SPEP

    Education I am not alone

    Teaching! Sounds like a lonely job; teachers work individually and struggle individually. They never have a real chance to observe how teaching occurs at the classroommore

Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men