The Gaza Strip: nearly 300,000 Palestine Refugee Children are back to UNRWA schools

27 August 2023
Palestine Refugee students go back to school across the Gaza Strip. © 2023 UNRWA Photo by Mohamed Hinnawi


Nearly 300,000 Palestine Refugee children are back to school in the Gaza Strip.  

“It was great to see how happy children are to return to school. In Gaza, UNRWA schools -for many children- have become one of the very few places where children can be just that, children. It’s a place where they learn, thrive, play, make friends and do outdoor activities,” said Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza.  

To respond to increasing needs among the refugee communities in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA is in the process of appointing over 500 new teachers to support children with quality education. 

To accommodate an increase of over 4,600 school children this year, UNRWA has recently opened three new schools in the south of the Gaza Strip and in Gaza City. These facilities are designed to provide a safe space for students to learn and prosper. 

“The commitment of UNRWA to the advancement of education is a top priority, even amid challenging circumstances. We are keen to provide Palestine refugee children with high-quality education, equip them with the life skills they need including to be able to find jobs and join the labour market in the future,” concluded White. 

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Notes to Editors: 

  • UNRWA runs 183 schools in the Gaza Strip. 
  • UNRWA opened three new schools in Khan Younis (south of the Gaza Strip) and Gaza City.  
  • There are 9,367 teachers working with UNRWA in the Gaza Strip.  
  • An additional 35,250 first graders have been enrolled in UNRWA schools across the Gaza Strip.  
  • UNRWA in Gaza has recently recruited over 500 new teachers. 


Background Information: 

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.

UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


For more information, please contact:

Juliette Touma
UNRWA Director of Communications
+962-79-867-4628 (on whatsapp)