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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.

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