Following a generous donation by the Qatar-based Al Fakhoora, a programme of Education Above All Foundation, UNRWA currently undertakes maintenance and repair activities across 43 UNRWA schools in Gaza. The 43 UNRWA schools supported by Al Fakhoora had been used as Designated Emergency Shelters during the 2014 conflict in Gaza; many subsequently served as Collective Centres to accommodate the extended displacement.
Throughout the 2014 July/August hostilities, dedicated UNRWA staff provided humanitarian assistance to over 290,000 displaced persons in 90 of 156 UNRWA school buildings, with the remaining school buildings either unsafe or damaged. UNRWA schools were not designed to perform as shelters for thousands of persons; hence, most of them required repair and construction works after the internally displaced persons had transitioned to private shelters, many with the help of UNRWA. All the 43 schools supported by Al Fakhoora will benefit from repair works as well as other items according to individual school needs; this assistance package includes items such as generators, desks, laptops, water pumps and other school equipment to help ensure that refugee students have a safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning. By the end of the project, the 43 schools will also have been provided with generators, desks, laptops, water pumps and other school equipment.
UNRWA Elementary co-ed school in Zaytoun (A&B), inGaza City Photo Credit © UNRWA 2015.Photo by Khalil Adwan.