EAA PLEDGES $40 MILLION FOR GAZA'S EDUCATION SECTOR
Education Above All's Al Fakhoora programme signed agreements with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) for reconstruction, rehabilitation and psychosocial support projects in the education sector in Gaza.
In November last year, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar signed an agreement to donate $40 million from the Qatar Development Fund to support Education Above All's Al Fakhoora programme. Subsequent to this donation Al Fakhoora met with the UN agencies to review project proposals for rebuilding and re-equipping damaged schools and university buildings along with the provision of psychosocial support in Gaza, the result of which is the ‘Right to Education in the Gaza Strip' project. This sum will help substantially in trying to undo some $90 million worth of damage to Gaza's education infrastructure in the war last year that affected 600,000 young people. The initiatives will directly impact 20,000 students at the primary and 83,000 students at the secondary levels by providing them with a “safe and secure learning environment”. Additionally the project will strengthen the capacity of 12,000 teachers, counselors and support staff. Frode Mauring from UNDP, Scott Anderson from UNRWA and June Kunugi from UNICEF represented the various partners in the project at the signing ceremony.