• UNRWA sanitation workers in Aida camp, West Bank disinfecting alleyways as part of a deep cleaning campaign to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Palestine refugee camps. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Yumna Patel
    COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS The UNRWA Health Department is leading on the Agency’s COVID-19 response and issues a one-page daily sitrep with the latest epidemiological figures here . All 709 UNRWA schools, eight vocational/educational training centres and two ESF (Education Science Faculties) remain closed (in line with Host Government decisions) affecting 533,342 school students, 8,270 VTC trainees and 1,840 university students. To ensure the continuation of students’ access to quality, inclusive, and equitable education, the longstanding UNRWA Education in Emergency (EiE) programme has been...
  • H.E. Sunil Kumar, the Representative of India to the State of Palestine (left),  hands over a check of US$ 2 million in support to UNRWA to the Chief of the UNRWA  Division of Donor Relations (right), Mr. Marc Lassouaoui, at the Agency’s offices in East Jerusalem. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi
    The Government of India has contributed US$ 2 million to UNRWA in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services.
  • A Palestine refugee family of ten, including eight children, was forced to self-demolish its home in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem in October 2019 after the Israeli military issued a demolition order with a threat of imprisonment unless the demolition was carried out. The house had been the family home since the early 1980s, leaving the family with extensive psychological trauma, in addition to the loss of shelter and personal belongings.
    Palestine refugees are particularly vulnerable to displacement. They are also disproportionately affected by demolition orders which are issued by the Israeli authorities who restrict significantly house construction in most of the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
  • “We sometimes experience tear gas and shootings which doesn’t make me feel safe,” a student at the UNRWA Hebron H2 Boys’ School says, “I feel safe inside the school, but not all the time because of the occupation we are living under,” adds another student.
    The students of UNRWA Hebron H2 Boys’ School have the same expectations to learn in a safe and secure school environment as any student elsewhere in the world. However, attending their local UNRWA school in the H2 area of Hebron, which remains under Israeli security control, raises challenges unlike anywhere else.
  •  UNRWA student Omar Iyad Mohammed uses a distance learning platform from his home in Jabal el Hussein refugee camp, Jordan. © 2020 UNRWA photo
    UNRWA education programme launched a rapid response distance learning plan, the “Education Cannot Wait” initiative for Palestine refugee students in the Agency’s 169 schools
  • Students at the UNRWA Wadi Seer Training Centre in Amman, Jordan, listen follow a lecture by their teacher. (c) 2019 UNRWA Photo
    Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has disrupted education systems worldwide, the international non-governmental organization Muslim World League (MWL) contributed US$ 1 million UNRWA toward protecting critical vocational training programmes for young Palestine refugees in Jordan.