For Palestine refugees in Syria, the national ninth-grade exams, held in June, were an important opportunity and an immense challenge. And yet despite three years of conflict – in which thousands have been displaced and several schools damaged or closed; in which the residents of Yarmouk camp suffered months of siege and isolation – 3,974 out of the 4,726 Palestine refugees who sat for the exams earned admission to secondary schools.
On 14 July, Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, Director of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Affairs in Syria, invited eight of these young refugees – five of them from Yarmouk – to the UNRWA office in Damascus. They received certificates and prizes for their hard work.
Mr. Kingsley-Nyinah congratulated them, saying “When we see your achievements, we remember why UNRWA was established. Your achievement strengthens UNRWA, lifts your family and community and makes you stand up in the world.” Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR), added: “The scope of your achievement is truly remarkable. You are an inspiration to all of our students.”
One of the remarkable students, Nada ‘Adnan Mubbada, explained that she was able to achieve her grades with help from her parents and teachers. “My teachers always guided me to be focused”, she said. She dedicated her success to her homeland Palestine, her family, her school and her teachers, whose dedication allowed her to succeed.