Italy contributes €1 million to emergency to help Palestine refugee children in Syria go to school

Italy contributes €1 million to emergency to help Palestine refugee children in Syria go to school

The Government of Italy has contributed EUR 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s 2017 Emergency Appeal for Syria.

The grant will support emergency education for Palestine refugee children in Syria and ensure that they are able to continue their education.

As the crisis approaches its eight year, Palestine refugees are increasingly relying on UNRWA for their survival. Of the 438.000 who remain in Syria, 95 percent receive UNRWA assistance and more than half have been displaced at least once within Syria. This has forced many children to change schools, and miss classes, sometimes for years at a time. This contribution will help to cover the organisation of remedial courses for pupils to cover such losses.

Being exposed to the daily realities of the conflict, including violence, hardship and traumas, has also affected schoolchildren. Most suffer from psycho-social trauma. The Italian grant will cover the operating costs of 14 Safe Learning spaces, which provide both academic and psychosocial support to children.

“The prolonged crisis has had a devastating impact on schoolchildren, with many of them experiencing displacement and disrupted access to schools,” said Mohammed Abdi Adar, UNRWA Director in Syria. “We thank the Italian government for supporting Palestine refugee children in Syria by ensuring that they can continue their education and are equipped for the future.”

The grant will also be used for “back-to-school” kits which will support Palestine refugee children as they enter the 2018-2019 academic year. More than 47,000 Palestine refugee children are currently enrolled in 104 schools which are directly managed, or supported, by UNRWA.

UNRWA is extremely grateful for the continued support from the Government of Italy. In 2017, Italy contributed EUR 14.3 million (US$ 17.7 million) to UNRWA, including EUR 2.39 (US$ 2.94 million) for the Agency’s Syria Appeal.

 

Original source: UNRWA
Published on 5 March 2018