UNICEF supports Ministry of Education with key supplies

31 January 2006.  Gaza Strip.  UNICEF today, supported the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with recreational kits and key educational materials reaching more than 70,000 kids.

The recreational kits aim at reaching 70,000 children with needed supplies such as sports materials for 100 schools in the Gaza Strip.  UNICEF also supported eight schools in the most excluded and invisible areas of the Gaza Strip with furniture for school laboratory and students’ computer furniture.  This support aims at reaching more than 7400 excluded and invisible kids living in the most vulnerable areas such as Al Mawasi, Namsawi of Khan Younis and Juhr Edeek in Middle area of the Gaza Strip. 

The learning achievement of Palestinian students in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is declining, in particular in the worst affected areas.   According to the 2004 Math and Science Achievement Test (TIMMS) conducted in oPt by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA),  oPt was among the lowest ranking countries.  The quality of the educational services is hampered by restricted access and lack of essential supplies.

This contribution aims at supporting the efforts of the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education in achieving the overall goal of universal primary education, creating school environments that encourage children, including girls, to enroll and complete school and improving the quality of education mostly for the most marginalized kids.

These recreational kits are suitable for children, who can participate in team sports and games under the guidance of a teacher. It includes balls for several types of games, colored tunics for different teams, chalk and a measuring tape for marking play areas and a whistle and scoring slate.    Thanks to the financial support of the Government of Luxembourg and Netherlands who made this activity possible..   






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