Education beyond the front line

Approximately half a million Palestine refugee children are students of UNRWA schools in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank. But for many of them, their access to education remains under constant threat as a result of the very challenging circumstances in which they live. Whether in active conflict zones, under prolonged occupation or within the context of sociopolitical instability, many Palestine refugee students continuously face, and overcome, odds that no child should ever encounter.

 

Education beyond the front line. © 2016 UNRWA


Approximately half a million Palestine refugee children are students of UNRWA schools in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank. But for many of them, their access to education remains under constant threat as a result of the very challenging circumstances in which they live. Whether in active conflict zones, under prolonged occupation or within the context of sociopolitical instability, many Palestine refugee students continuously face, and overcome, odds that no child should ever encounter.

In response, UNRWA continues to implement innovative approaches in delivering education to Palestine refugee children so that they are able to enjoy their right to a quality and inclusive basic education in spite of the circumstances they live in. Safe spaces, psychosocial support and counselling, self-learning materials, recreational activities and school parliaments are some of the ways that UNRWA works to mitigate the challenges that Palestine refugee students face. These efforts have gained UNRWA widespread recognition for its innovation and creativity in responding to the unique needs of Palestine refugee children. In turn, UNRWA students continue to demonstrate remarkable creativity, innovation and excellence, both in the classroom and within their communities.

An UNRWA education is more than a school, more than a textbook. The impact of our education programme goes beyond the classroom, ensuring that children can learn within a safe and accessible environment and pursue their dreams for the future. All of this is made possible with the support of generous donors like the European Union, who help ensure that UNRWA is able to go beyond the front lines in delivering education to Palestine refugees.



Back-to-School. © 2016 UNRWA Photo

Education Beyond the front line: Syria

A child’s well-being and safety are essential to their learning efforts and ability to grow and develop. In Syria, preserving a secure and child-friendly environment has become increasingly challenging. Over the last five years, the children of Syria have been exposed to traumatizing acts of violence and have suffered heartbreaking losses. In addition, 60 per cent of UNRWA installations were damaged or rendered inaccessible, with 57 schools partially or completely destroyed.

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Back-to-School. © 2016 UNRWA Photo

Promoting the psychosocial well-being of Palestine refugee children in the West Bank

The recent surge in violence in the West Bank has dramatically affected the lives of Palestinians, including Palestine refugee children. In the last few months, 84 Palestinian children – including 12 Palestine refugee children – were killed and 1,146 Palestinians have been displaced as a result of demolitions, including at least 542 children

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Back-to-School. © 2016 UNRWA Photo

“Feeling like a bird in the sky” – Summer Fun Weeks in Gaza

For more than nine years, the people of Gaza have lived under a tight blockade on land, air and sea which affects many aspects of their lives. As a result, an entire generation of children in Gaza do not know life outside of the Gaza Strip. They have already lived through three armed conflicts, often resulting in the loss of family members, friends and homes

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Back-to-School. © 2016 UNRWA Photo

The challenge of schools accommodated in rented buildings in Jordan

Qusor Girls’ School and Nazzal Boys’ School are among 59 schools in Jordan that are accommodated in rented buildings that were not designed to be used as school compounds, presenting a number of challenges to school staff and students alike.

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Back-to-School. © 2016 UNRWA Photo

Helping students return to school

For young students that have been displaced, having to adjust to a new school can be challenging. UNRWA strives to ensure that all Palestine refugee children, no matter their circumstances, are able to access a quality and inclusive education

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The 2016 Back-to-school campaign is made possible through the generous support of the European Union.
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