19 May 2011
Members of the public in Madrid this week were surprised to see a strange-looking bus on the city’s streets. Specially adapted to work as a mobile classroom and emblazoned with the message 'Peace Starts With Education’, the bus will travel around the country’s provinces, aiming to raise awareness about the situation of Palestine refugees.
In the mobile classroom, students and members of the public will be treated to a series of special workshops, focusing on the situation of Palestinian refugees as a case study for human rights and tools for coexistence.
UNRWA’s Spanish Committee hopes that the bus and its resources will provide the Spanish public with a glimpse into the lives of Palestinian refugees, and encourage the universal fulfilment of human rights.
Peace Starts With Education
The bus activity is part of a wider educational project, 'Solidarity in the classroom’, carried out since 2008 by UNRWA’s Spanish Committee in partnership with the Spanish Agency of Cooperation for Development (AECID). The project encourages children and young people to compare different realities, emphasising human rights, respect and coexistence both inside and outside the Spanish classroom.
The programme works with students and teachers to encourage the use of different ways to focus on human rights in the classroom. 'Peace Starts With Education’, with its special focus on human rights and Palestine refugees, forms part of that project.
The mobile school bus will travel throughout the municipalities of Spain from 3 to 24 May. In each locality, secondary school students will visit the mobile classroom in the mornings; in the afternoons, the bus will be open to the general public.
UNRWA Spanish Committee
UNRWA’s Spanish Committee is the first national committee created by UNRWA. Established in 2005, its objective is to inform the Spanish population about the living situation of 4.8 million Palestinian refugees and UNRWA’s humanitarian work with them over the past 60 years.
The Committee raises both public and private funds to support UNRWA in maintaining the quality of services provided to Palestinian refugees.
Cadena de Ayuda Humanitaria
UNRWA’s Spanish Committee started the Spanish-language campaign Cadena de Ayuda (Chain of Humanitarian Aid) in response to the humanitarian situation faced by refugee children in Gaza. The fundraising campaign is based on the construction of a virtual human chain of humanitarian aid.
Cadena de Ayuda will help thousands of children in Gaza Strip improve their health, education and nutrition. In addition, this campaign helps inform Spanish society about the insecurity and lack of rights of refugee children living in the Gaza Strip.
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Visit the Spanish Committee’s website
For more information on UNRWA’s Spanish Committee, contact:
Tel: +91 702 70 59 / 625 21 78 74