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Education Sector Working Group (ESWG)

The main purpose of the ESWG is to act as a coordination forum between the PA and donors. It serves as a platform for discussing policy priorities, progress in implementation of the four education programs in the PA National Plans and monitoring of the education sector. The main sector plan is the Five-Year Plan (2008-2011) and the Teacher Education Strategy for 2008.

The key functions of the ESWG are as follows:

  • assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to the PA National Plans  and strategies for the sector;
  • support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;
  • carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;
  • function as the main source of information for sector needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps;
  • support the establishment of a sector-wide approach and possibly a pooled funding mechanism;
  • develop joint indicators for sector monitoring and programme-based approaches.

  • The work of the ESWG is further supported by the Higher Education Thematic Group co-chaired by Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and France and supported by UNESCO as its technical advisor. It reports to the ESWG on issues related to higher education.

    The ESWG reports to the Social Development Strategy Group (SDSG) on a regular basis. 

    Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors and other institutions (e.g. relevant non-governmental organizations) who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


    Ministry of Education (MoE) and Belgium 
    Technical Advisor: United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    PA institutions: Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD)
    Donors: Belgium, Canada, Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP), Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), United States (US), World Bank
    Observers: Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), Office of the Quartet (OQ), Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations’ Network (PNGO), Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
    Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)

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    Key documents 
    MoEHE - Annual Education Sector Review (ASR): 08 – 11 May 2017 Aide Memoire (AM)
    MoEHE - Education Sector Strategic Plan 2017-2022, April 2017
    MoEHE - Education Development Strategic Plan 2017-2022, 22 February 2017
    UN Women - Gender in Education, 21 October 2013
    MoEHE - Policy for Safe and Equitable Access to Quality Education - Targeting Marginalized Areas and Groups
    ESWG Meeting - 06 December 2012 - Minutes
    Education Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) 2008-12 Annual Education Sector Review (ASR): June 25-28, 2012
    New Institutional Features at MoE:Operations Manual on Preparing the Annual Plan and BudgetMinistry-wide Procurement Plan ASR 2012, 25 June 2012
    MoEHE – Establishing the State Building the Future – Education Provision in Area C, 12 Oct 2011
    Save the Children – Children’s Right to Education in Armed Conflict, Oct 2011
    Japan - New Japanese NGO to start the educational project in East Jerusalem
    Japan Extends Grassroots Assistance in Education and Water for Rural Communities in the West Bank
    Higher Education Sector Action Plan 2011, March 2011
    UN Education Strategic Area Group (SAG), 23 March 2011
    UNESCO-EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011 - The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education
    UNESCO-EFA Global Monitoring Summary Report 2011 - The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education
    Ministry of Education and Higher Education - UNFPA: Summary of the evaluation study for Adolescence Health and Teacher’s Guide in Reproductive Health Program, 16 February 2011
    UNESCO - Education for Sustainable Development Lens: A Policy and Practice Review Tool,February 2010
    UNESCO - The Central Role of Education in the Millennium Development Goals
    PCBS releases Statistical Report about Environmental Survey for Education Sector, 2010
    UNRWA Medium Term Strategy 2010 - 2015, August 2010
    Quality and Development Domain in the EDSP: Implementation within 2010 plan
    EDSP Program Fiche 1- Physical Infrastructure and School Environment
    Ministry of Education and Higher Education - Quality Systems for Quality Teachers: Towards the Implementation of the National Strategy for Teacher Education
    Summary Strategy of Education, & Technical and Vocational Training Center, 2011 – 2013
    MoEHE - Higher Education Plan for 2010, February 2010
    MoEHE - Education Development Strategic Plan, 2008-2012
    Policies to Improve Capacity of Technical Education and Vocational Training to Meet SME’s Needs
    Education Development Strategic Plan 2008 - 2012
    Fanalisation of Perfrormance Assessments Framework and related M&E System for the EDSP 2010-2014
    Tawjihi Test
    CAP 2010 and Education Cluster Update
    Joint Appraisal Mission for the Development of Joint Modality within a SWAP to Support the Palestinian Education System
    ESWG Meeting - 10 Sep 2008 - PROGRAMMES OF THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN 2008-2012 - Fiches Programme

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