KBZF extends support for UNRWA school in Gaza

03 April 2012

Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation extends its support to the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nehayan School run by UNRWA in Beit Lahia, Gaza

3 April 2012
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

On 2 April 2012, in Abu Dhabi, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, directed by Mr. Mohamed Haji Al Khoori, and UNRWA, signed an extension of the agreement to support, for a second year, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nehayan School in Beit Lahia, Gaza.

The Beit Lahia facility hosts two elementary schools: one for boys and one co-ed. It serves 2,814 pupils.

Supporting the school for a second year will enable the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to participate directly in providing Palestine refugee schoolchildren with a decent education and to join hands with UNRWA, which remains first and foremost a human development agency with top priority afforded to the development of future generations of Palestine refugees.

KBZF will take on a major part of the costs of maintaining and operating the Beit Lahia school for another scholastic year, starting in September 2012. Pupils will benefit directly by being provided with computers, uniforms, and hygiene kits.

Welcoming the extension, Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said: “We are delighted to embark on the second year of this important partnership with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation. At a time when good quality education provided by UNRWA is needed more than ever in Gaza, help from partners like the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation allows us to ensure that existing UNRWA schools are serving pupils well, giving these children the best possible chance of securing their future. We are deeply grateful to the Foundation and its Patron, H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, for this partnership with UNRWA which continues to go from strength to strength.”

Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan Foundation and UNRWA began their cooperation in 2008 with a project to provide food to poor refugees in Gaza. Since then, Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan Foundation has continuously helped UNRWA support Palestine refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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