UNRWA and the United States: partners for the education of Palestine refugees
19 September 2016
Education is one of the central pillars of human development and it is key for helping a child to achieve her or his full potential. Since 1949, UNRWA has been working to ensure all Palestine refugee children have access to quality and inclusive education.
The United States has long been one of the Agency’s most reliable supporters and a strong defender of the right to education for Palestine refugees. As the Agency’s largest bilateral donor, the United States has funded the construction or reconstruction of 26 schools across Gaza, Jordan and the West Bank since 2010, benefiting around 35,000 students each year. Furthermore, as the largest contributor to the UNRWA Programme Budget, support from the United States also reaches all of the roughly 500,000 students in each and every one of the 692 schools run by the Agency.
As UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has emphasized: “For children, education is a passport to dignity.”