Back To School 2022

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Palestine refugee students are going back to school! After scarring hostilities in Gaza, violence in the occupied West Bank, the continued impact of the conflict in Syria and the economic crisis in Lebanon, more than 550,000 Palestine refugee students are returning to the safe space of their classrooms. They will learn new things, see their friends, explore their potential and become agents of positive change for themselves and their communities.

This year, through the launch of its Information Technology for Education (ICT4E) Strategy and the already live Distance Learning Platform (DLP), the Agency is working to modernize the way Palestine refugee students access their education. Technology can make learning available through innovative and interactive learning tools, even in times of crisis. This includes interactive apps and online quizzes, games, audio recordings for language learning and so much more.

An integral part of the ICT4E Strategy is our “Student Well-Being” function. Now, UNRWA students and teachers are connected through e-mail and Microsoft Teams! By enhancing staff and student media and information literacy (MIL), Palestine refugee children and youth can be empowered to engage with ICTs constructively and responsibly. With access to curated learning resources such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online tutorials and adaptive applications, UNRWA students are challenged in the learning process, helping them reach educational benchmarks through a carefully designed, scaffolded approach to digital learning.

Launched in 2021, the UNRWA DLP is a centralized, online learning platform, where teaching materials are vetted through a three-step process, then posted for students to use, wherever they are. The UNRWA DLP has been recognized as a good practice by the UNESCO-led Global Education Coalition and the Agency will develop it further as part of an interactive learning management system (LMS) digital teaching and learning space.

Welcome back students! Here's to a year of innovative learning!

Meet Bara’a and Ala’a! They are Palestine refugee students at the UNRWA Jerusalem School in occupied East Jerusalem.
Back to School 2022 – Innovation at your fingertips, the UNRWA Distance Learning Platform

Meet Ghena and Mohammed! He used the platform to teach himself new skills. “I used the Platform for its self-learning cards and videos, and this [helped me...