On 19 March 2014, a group of Japanese students visited Askar Palestine refugee camp, near Nablus, and the Qalqiliya hospital and health centre.
A tour of the Askar Girls’ School was led by school principal Serin Dweikat. The students were also accompanied by school counsellor Samar Jabr and the principal of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Askar Boys School, Ahmad Riyahi. The visiting students were particularly interested in learning about UNRWA school programmes and projects for children with disabilities.
The group discussed strategies and activities in practice that contribute to the full integration of students with disabilities in UNRWA schools and the local community. A video presentation highlighted the involvement of students with disabilities in the classroom, library and summer camps. Ms. Jabr said, “This will help children with disabilities to refine their tendencies and talents and allow them to partake in decision-making.” The visitors were also introduced to the ‘Hope and Citizenship’ projects, and the administrators involved highlighted their need for better-equipped rooms for students with disabilities.
This meeting was followed by a visit to the village of Qalqiliya. Senior UNRWA medical staff from the north region, Dr. Adnan Qarmash, Dr. Bassam Dauor and nurse Huda Dalal, welcomed the visiting students and briefed them on current and future services of the health centre. Together, they toured the hospital and health centre before the students returned to Jerusalem.