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How education reform could curb Palestinian unemployment

To reduce unemployment among young people, the Palestinian government is developing vocational and technical education programs to meet Palestinian and Arab labor market needs.
Palestinian boy Mohamoud Yazji, 16, who works as apprentice mechanic, repairs a car at a garage in Gaza City March 17, 2016. Yazji, whose father works as a tailor, earns 50 Shekels ($12.9) a week to help his father support their family. The boy, who quit school, hopes to own a garage in the future. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem  SEARCH "SALEM LABOUR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  - RTSCT76
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Come September, Palestinian schools will begin emphasizing vocational and technical training as part of the government's vision to reform the educational system and alleviate unemployment.

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor formed the Supreme Council for Vocational and Technical Education on Jan. 5. The council is tasked with promoting and supporting professional and technical specializations to meet the demands of the labor market.

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