While it’s common to spend $32 in NYC for a meal at a restaurant, for about that same amount, a kid in Gaza must cover most of his basic needs for an entire month.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), supports elementary and secondary school in Palestine and nearby Mideast countries with displaced Palestinian populations. In Gaza, pupils in UNRWA elementary schools are particularly under siege, schools must have double shifts to accomadate the student population, with only one weekend day off. Overcrowded classrooms in the already packed landscape of Gaza provides a challenge in itself.
The shortage of funding to the schools has a negative impact on student achievement, resulting in a shortage of stationary supplies, books, and other school equipment– eventually contributing to a higher level of drop-outs.
Yet despite the challenges, the children at the UNRWA refugee camps schools turn out to be fascinatingly determined, and highly motivated; they are the phoenixes of their own surrounding.
*UNRWA Registration Statistical Bulletin, RSSD (2010)
*Research and Development EMIS.Unit, Department of Education (DOE) (2010-2011)
*”Back to School for Young Palestine Refugees”UNRWA Press Release, 03 September 2012
*UNRWA Emergency Appeal 2013, communication Devision
*UNRWA in Figures 2013