Naim Abu Hommos
Born 1955, Birzeit. Married with five children.
Minister of Education and Higher Education
The Minister of Education oversees the education of 1 million Palestinian children.
B.A. in Education, University of Jordan
A long-time Palestinian activist, Dr. Abu Hommos joined the Fatah party at the age of 14, and later became a member of the Palestinian National Council.
From 1982-89, Dr. Abu Hommos was the Chairman of the Education and Psychology departments at An-Najah University in Nablus. Since 1989 he has served as the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Council for Higher Education. Dr. Abu Hommos is the author of eight books in the fields of education and politics.
In 1994 Dr. Abu Hommos was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. In 1997 he was one of 13 members on the Higher Committee for Local Elections. He was appointed Palestinian Authority Minister of Education in June 2002 and retains the position in the latest reorganization of the Palestinian Authority by Prime Minister Abu Mazen.
Dr. Abu Hommos's published writings and remarks reveal a dedicated advocate for Palestinian Educational Institutions. Following the April 4, 2002, Israeli attack on the Ministry of Education headquarters in Ramallah, Dr. Abu Hommos wrote an international appeal for help. The appeal is factual and non-inflammatory.
Source: Palestine Media Center; CNN.com, (June 23, 1997); MiddleEastReference.org.uk; Knight Ridder Newspapers, (April 14, 2002); Los Angeles Times, (April 22, 2002); Ha'aretz, (January 9, 2002; OpenDemocracy.net