Phase IV (2018-2021): Researching Impact and Supporting Hubs
In this phase, the TAMAM Movement expanded its local and international network. The TAMAM community currently spans 8 Arab countries, comprising more than 860 practitioners in 69 schools collaborating with 32 researchers from 12 different universities, 42 coaches and numerous policymakers to design and implement impactful school-based improvement. TAMAM is also networking with international initiatives with whom it shares the same vision and strategic direction.
In order to achieve the strategic goal of sustaining the educational movement, TAMAM secured another generous fund from ATF, a new research grant from the Welfare Association (Taawon) to fund a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school, Haifa Mixed Intermediate School in Beirut. In addition, and in the year 2019, TAMAM established a partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement & Community Service (CCECS) at AUB and as a result, secured new funding from Al Maymouna Education. Two Al Maymouna schools in Berkayel and Al Fakiha in Lebanon, which serve vulnerable Syrian refugees, joined TAMAM. The TAMAM Omani coaches from Sultan Qaboos University also secured a generous research grant from Oman Ministry of Higher Education Research & Innovation, covering the cost of research and development in three new schools. Research will focus on studying the impact of participating in TAMAM and implementing the TAMAM Capacity Building Program to lead school improvement in the context of Omani schools.
In addition, and as part of the TAMAM Steering Team’s continuing effort to build partnerships among schools, universities and policy makers and to establish self-sustaining country hubs, a collaborative agreement was signed with the Arab Open University (AOU) in Jordan to conduct research on the TAMAM Jordan Hub schools. Moreover, eight TAMAM participating schools from the Jordan Hub networked to jointly work on a common improvement project entitled: “Improving the teaching and learning of Arabic language as part of preserving the Arab identity of students in these schools”. The TAMAM Steering team is working closely with members of the Jordan Hub in order to develop designs that strengthen the networking capabilities of schools participating in establishing TAMAM country hubs.
Finally, TAMAM provided consultancy services to three centers at the American University of Beirut , the Center for Civic Engagement & Community Service , the Communication Skills Program, and the Nature Conservation Center – to achieve its goal of introducing an inquiry-based approach to the design of improvement initiatives impacting educational institutions.