Thirty students from two UNRWA schools – Rimal Preparatory Girls School (A) and the Al-Bahrain Preparatory Boy School – joined an online lecture organized by the Japanese Research Syowa Station in Antarctica. Dr. Hirofumi Oe, the station’s medical doctor, introduced the students to life in Antarctica and the mission of the research station.
The lecture lasted for two hours and included a presentation with photos and videos followed by an open discussion, with students raising questions, including the impact of climate change on Antarctica.
“It was an interesting session in which we learned a lot. It was the first time for me to learn about life in Antarctica and the research station mission there,” 14-year-old Aya Wadi said following the online lecture.
Dr. Hirofumi said he was pleased to speak with UNRWA students in Gaza and to tell them about the environment of Antarctica and the purpose and activities of the Japanese research mission there.
The lecture was a great opportunity for students in Gaza to learn about life outside the small coastal enclave. Opportunities for traveling outside of Gaza are virtually nonexistent due to the blockade, and 90 per cent of the over 271,900 students from UNRWA schools have never left the Gaza Strip in their lives.
UNRWA recognizes the critical need for students to understand and connect with the world. The education team in Gaza always seeks opportunities through which Palestine refugee students could connect and share ideas with their peers and others outside Gaza.