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The Government of Japan today signed a contribution agreement amounting to 450,000,000 Japanese Yen (approximately US$ 4.3 million) with the UNRWA.
The agility and ability of UNRWA to adjust the way it operates in response to COVID-19 almost overnight truly impressed me: UNRWA staff shifted to telemedicine, to home delivery of emergency food and medicine, and to distance learning.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and the closure of schools in Lebanon, we’ve engaged in distance learning, through the UNRWA Self-Learning Programme. We’ve been using educational materials specifically developed by the Agency to support student learning during this pandemic,” says Mustafa Mustafa, a mathematics teacher in Nahr el-Bared camp. Despite the difficulties facing teachers at the time, Mustafa is embraced the challenge. “I’ve been in the teaching profession for 23 years, all in UNRWA schools. I’ve experienced teaching in emergencies, during displacement of Nahr el-Bared camp...
The UNRWA Education Programme were deft in rapidly setting up remote learning plan for Palestine refugee students in the Agency’s 103 schools across Syria to ensure the continuation of students’ access to quality, inclusive, and equitable education
The numbers are unprecedented, the implications enormous. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, a majority of countries announced temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91 per cent of students worldwide.
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