In the West Bank, UNRWA provides only preparatory education; secondary students matriculate into national schools. Nonetheless, we operate 97 educational facilities in the field, which reach over 50,000 students. The Agency also operates two vocational training centres, where over 1,000 students are trained in skilled trades and manufacturing.
The 2011/12 academic year saw a significant decrease in violence in and around UNRWA school premises. This was matched by an increase in achievement, with UNRWA West Bank schools outperforming Palestinian Authority (PA) schools in nationally and internationally administered scholastic achievement tests.
We place a high priority on the arts and sciences. In the first Lego League regional competition, in Cairo, UNRWA students finished in the top three positions, and also secured top places in a national writing competition.
With support from the European Union (EU), we have been able to offer a wide variety of activities for students, including Project Germany, a sports activity programme implemented in Jenin. In addition, EU-sponsored Saturday activity days were carried out across the West Bank during the 2011/12 academic year.