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Enhancing the access of girls with disability in Gaza strip to education

Enhancing the access of girls with disability in Gaza strip to education through literacy and psychosocial program

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What problem does your innovation solve?

The initiative will be implemented in Gaza Strip, where the residents in the strip face continuous Israeli wars. After each war, around 30% of the injuries got permanent disability. The number of people with disability are more than 40,000 people, 48% of them are female. The majority of those girls with disability live as charity cases instead of being productive. The illiteracy rate among them reached to 56.3% due to absence of adapted center, transportation, bad psycho-social condition.

Explain your innovation.

High rate of illiteracy among girls with disability in the Gaza strip have a negative effects on them and community. It is one of the major reasons contribute to increasing the rate of poverty, lack of awareness, and diseases. The initiative will enhance the access of (100) girl with disability to their right to education. To achieve this objective, the following activities will be carried out: 1. Establishment of literacy center that adapted for people with disability including special classroom, library, and interactive activities classroom. 2. Capacity building of teachers in schools. 3. Implementation of literacy program targeting (100) girl with disability in order to qualify and motivate them to join to normal school. Providing the students with disability with uniform, health meal, and adapted transportation. 4. In parallel with the literacy program, a psychosocial program will be implemented to treat the bad effect of war, depression and poor self-confidence. 5. Implementing family reading days, which aim to raise the awareness among (100) families and promoting their roles in education their members with disability. 6. Implementing reading together days, which aim to raise the awareness among (600) students in normal schools about the right of people with disability to education. The activities will create safe education environment and help girls with disability to be qualified to join normal school and vocational training.

Who benefits?

The direct target group is 100 girls with disability, who are living in Gaza strip, and have physical or hearing disability. The innovative will target 2 categories. The 1st is children with disability who age from 12 to 17 who never enrolled or dropout the school. the 2nd is young girls with disability who age from 18 to 25 years old who never enrolled school. all of girls will benefit from the literacy and psychosocial program. In addition to targeting the families of children and young girls with disability, and targeting also the normal schools (240 teacher, 600 able students). families and school staff will benefit from capacity building and awareness activities.

How is your innovation unique?

• The initiative targets a marginalized group, they are children and young girls with disability who are excluded from the education, and this was one of the main reasons for increasing the percentage of poverty, and diseases among them. • The initiative was designed based on the needs of girls with disability, where they participated in the need assessment and designing phase. • The initiative target 3 group to create the safe and active education environment: children and young girls with disability, their families, schools staff and students. This is integrated approach will increase the success and sustainability of the innovation. • The target group through the initiative will be qualified to enter the normal school and vocational training which is a step to get work.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

The experience exchange with the abroad institutions that works in literary and disability program will reflect positively in enhancing the education outcome for girls with disability.

Tell us more about you.

IRADA center is nonprofit vocational training center for people with disability (PwD) in the Gaza strip, licensed from the Palestinian Labor Ministry. The center established in 2012 with vision “people with disability fully integrated and have pioneer roles at the local community”. Since the establishment, more the 800 people with disability benefited from the implemented projects in the area of vocational training, employment, supporting small business, and psychosocial support.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

The initiative can be implemented in conflict area, and targeting girls with disability who are urged to leave schools due to the disability and bad psychosocial condition, in addition to girls with disability who never enrolled to school. the adapted literacy center and the psychocosial program together will help in motivating girls with disability to enroll normal school and increasing their self confidence.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

The implementation will be in Gaza city, Gaza strip, Palestine but the girls with disability will be from 3 governorate Gaza, North Gaza (Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun, Jabalia), and middel of Gaza(Deir el-Balah, El-Burij, El-nusirate) where these areas are the most affected by the war. the adapted transportation will be secured to facilitate the access of girls with disability to the literacy center.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

IRADA center worked with NGOs targeting people with disability in Gaza strip during the last 5 years, where there is very good coordination with them to participate in the necessary activities. the initiative will be implemented with cooperation with Red Crescent Society for Gaza strip, where they provide facilitation to the literary programs in Gaza strip as they have Adult Education Program and coordination with the education ministry.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

IRADA team will implement the initiative has wide experience in disability sector. for more than 5 years IRADA team enable to develop IRADA from small project to licensed center that succeed in integrating more than 800 people with disability in the community with generous funding from international organization like United union Development Program, International Labor Organization, Swiss Agency for Development, the OPEC Fund for International Development, and Human Appeal in UK.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

IRADA center is nonprofit vocational training center for people with disability (PwD) in the Gaza strip, licensed from the Palestinian Labor Ministry.


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Yes, IRADA seek to establish literacy center in addition to start a psychosocial program and awareness campaign about the right of girls with disability in education.

IRADA is nonprofit vocational center in Gaza strip that targeting people with disability, we trained and employed more than 800 people with disability in different vocations during 5 years to qualify them to compete in the labor market. Every year, we implement at least 2 projects in the fields of vocational training, employment, supporting small business, psychosocial support, in addition to training in life skills. For more information please see attached profile).

We make interviews before selecting the trainees to guide them to the best vocation that matches their education and health conditions. Unfortunately, there were large group we urged to postpone their joining to the vocational training as they are illiterate. To read and write is important in order to success in the training which focusing not just in the technical skills but also in pricing, dealing with customers, marketing, financial subject, measurements, and calculations for raw materials and quantities. In addition most of those girls left the schools or never enrolled the school due to the community negative reaction towards them and the unrehabilitated schools. So we think that establishing the literacy center is very important to qualify them to join to the normal school as well as enhancing their opportunities in vocational training, and both will contribute in the inclusion of the girls with disability.

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