17 July 2013
Tenth-grade student Shuruk Saádi of Marka Third Preparatory School in Jordan received first prize in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) human rights poster competition, which sought to bring attention to the issue of equality and discrimination, and encourage students to be respectful of one another.
During the months of April and May 2013, UNRWA invited students across its five fields of operation to submit drawings responding to one question: What does human rights mean to you? Since then, the Agency has received many wonderful submissions that illustrate the youth’s interpretation of human rights. The purpose of the contest was to actively engage UNRWA students in developing promotional materials for the Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance (HRCRT) Policy, launched in 2012 to embed a culture of human rights at UNRWA schools.
Students were key in the selection process, with school parliaments choosing the best designs at the school level. The Field offices then selected the best posters and sent them to an UNRWA senior staff jury who chose the best poster.
UNRWA congratulates the winners, as well as all those who participated in this important project.
Ninth-grade student Mohammad Afana of the New Boys’ Prepatory School in Rafah received second prize for incorporating the issue of persons with disabilities into his drawing, proving his deep understanding of human rights. In Lebanon, a group of students from the Mintar School, received third prize for their illustration of a tree with fruits that reflects children’s basic human rights. Two participants received fourth prize, Hadil al-Khaldi from Syria and Lara al-Sous from the West Bank.
All winners will receive certificates issued by the Director of Education at UNRWA, as well as arts books. The winning designs will be used in HRCRT resources and posters to reflect the voices of Palestine refugee youth.