On the 19th of July, Forward Thinking held meetings in Ramallah with the Palestinian Minister of Education and Higher Education, members of the Fatah Central Committee and advisers to President Abbas.

This provided an opportunity to evaluate recent activities, including the ‘Moving Forward Together’ conference in Hebron on 7th July, as well as giving an insight into the on-going challenges facing the Palestinian people. These meetings helped to prepare for future dialogue activities within the Middle East Programme, and identified some of the key issues to be on the agenda. The need for educational development in Palestine by furthering leadership abilities and teaching standards, for example, was a key point raised.