JERUSALEM, September 14, 2014 (WAFA) – Nearly 300,000 children went back to UNRWA schools at the start of the school year in Gaza and Syria today, Sunday said an UNRWA press release.
“In Gaza, conflict has profoundly affected the traditional learning environment and delayed the academic year for almost three weeks,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.
‘But after the traumatic 50 days of brutal conflict, of death, destruction and massive displacement, including too many of our schools, we are determined to give the children a sense of renewed hope and better prospects by opening the schools so soon again,’ he added.
“The top priority now is making sure that after a period of psychosocial support, including the use of theatre for development techniques, our students can return to their regular curricula.”
“There can be no more important priority right now than providing education and a sense of safety and normality for the children of Gaza and Syria. It is a matter of dignity,” remarked Krähenbühl.