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Center for Continuing Education

The mission of CCE is to build the capacity of institutions and local communities to empower them in achieving their goals effectively and efficiently and in line with national priorities. CCE achieves this through the design, development and implementation of high quality, innovative, and holistic models in the areas of professional, organizational and community development.

CCE achieves its goals through training, consulting, product development, research, project management, advocacy and policy networking. All CCE training/programs are interactive, encourage self evaluation, and are continuously monitored, evaluated and upgraded to fulfill real social and economic needs. The Center relies heavily on knowledge sharing and integrates knowledge management in its core business.

Historically, CCE has played a pioneering role in establishing systems and models in professional development, human resource development and institutional capacity building designed for the local context. Today for example, CCE is working on models in educational reform designed to become local and regional show-cases. We are designing professional training approaches that emphasize self-learning, real-world learning, coaching in applied settings, team work, problem solving and efficient and effective use of technology as a tool where applicable. We are also working on models in institutional needs assessment, project design, planning, implementation; models in participatory community empowerment, and development programs to reduce poverty from a developmental perspective. All our work is specific to the local Palestinian needs and environment.

CCE achieves its mission through two main units: Unit for Learning Innovation (ULI) and the Consulting Unit.

The Unit fof Learning Innovation (ULI)

The main focus of the ULI today is to design and develop educational models designed to match the learning requirements of the 21st century. Arab educational systems, Palestine included are failing. They are producing graduates unprepared for the challenges and requirements of today or the future. Most decision and policy makers are aware of this crisis, yet, they are confronted with a lack of local solutions to address the situation. The ULI today is working on educational models based on 21st century learning paradigms that aim at contributing to filling in this gap. Our models are "home grown" built for the local context, and designed to be affordable, effective and scalable. In building our models we systematically build the capacity of our partner organization in the aim of institutionalizing and scaling such models. Amongst our flagship programs are Schools.21 (establishing model 21st Century Schools), The Arab Learning Objects Bank, and Knowledge Bearings (knowledge based vocational development program).

 

Consultancy Unit

The Consultancy Unit develops and applies effective, relevant models and approaches in community development and organizational development. The Unit offers consulting services in general management, organizational development, organizational performance assessment and entrepreneur development and support, project management and business counseling services.

The Consultancy Unit has developed multiple conceptual frameworks and models in community-based development including design of a Palestinian poverty reduction model, a Palestinian model for a participatory approach in household poverty assessment, and a Palestine specific model in Community-Driven Development (CDD). CDD is a development approach that supports participatory decision making, local capacity building, and community control of resources. The five key pillars of this approach are community empowerment, local government empowerment, accountability and transparency, and learning by doing. With these pillars in place, CDD approach creates sustainable and wide-ranging impact by mobilizing communities, and giving them the tools to become agents of their own development.

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