In 2022, the European Union (EU) allocated €2.6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide vital psychosocial support to school children. They have been negatively impacted by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and by repeated recent conflicts and violence that have resulted in the deaths of several children.
“Education is key in building confidence among Palestine refugee children. To help children achieve their best in education, it is key to foster their well-being and keep them in a protective environment. This project with after-school activities and life-skill sessions could be a turning point for many Palestine refugee students,” said Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza.
The EU humanitarian funding in support of the Agency’s Education in Emergencies program will strengthen children’s psychosocial resilience, coping mechanisms, and mental well-being. Some 300,000 schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a friendly, safe, and creative learning environment where both children and education staff are protected.
“The EU is a strong supporter of every child’s need to grow and learn in a safe environment to maximize their opportunities in life. Palestine refugee children in Gaza can count on us to access quality education and feel better protected and supported,” said Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management.