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Birzeit Girls’ School Shines in the EU-UNRWA Healthy, Living, Healthy Spaces Initiative
18 December 2018
On 22 November, a line-up of excited and eager-faced students and their teachers alike greeted representatives from the UNRWA to share with them their student-led projects for the European Union (EU) and the UNRWA Healthy Living, Healthy Spaces initiative. The project - spread across 50 EU-sponsored UNRWA schools in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and Lebanon - has amplified the ability of our students to act as agents of change for their school and greater community. The EU’s support to UNRWA this year was key to the Agency overcoming its worst financial crisis, enabling the continued education of 526,000 Palestine refugee students across the Middle East.
Birzeit Girls’ School used its Healthy Living, Healthy Spaces funding to create a flower garden with recycled tires, plastic bottles and pots for plant bases and decorations. The parents of students leading the charge were so motivated by efforts to improve the school that they made contribution from their own pockets to build on what the project had initiated. The final result of this joint effort is a beautiful new playground, fully equipped with slides, swings, and murals filled with colour and soul for students and staff to enjoy.
Fatefully, at the end of the school tour, it began to rain and the fresh shower watered the budding new garden and play space. This was a wonderful symbol of life and new beginnings for the community at Birzeit Girls’ School.