UNICEF's emergency scaled-up response in Gaza is targeting children who attend public schools, under five-year-old children and mothers, and vulnerable households in the most affected communities. UNICEF is currently focusing on supporting affected children and families in shelters, host families, and the communities that have been most severely hit. To respond to the urgent needs of the population, UNICEF has brought in significant additional international surge staff for programme response and cluster coordination.
On 14 September, approximately 230,000 school children returned back to Government schools after 3 weeks of delay due to the 50 days of hostilities in the Gaza strip. During the crisis, and after a ceasefire was reached on 26 August, UNICEF worked closely with Education Cluster members, the MoEHE and partners in preparing for the re-opening of schools.
Since early September, UNICEF has supported:
- The cleaning and disinfection of 27 Government Schools that were used as collective shelters during the conflict. This was achieved through efforts of various organizations coordinated by MA'AN with UNICEF's support.
- Orientation of about 12,000 school principals, school counsellors, supervisors, and teachers on psychosocial support, the nonviolence in schools policy, detection of traumatized children and referrals. This was achieved through cascade training. 56 school principals and subject supervisors were trained as trainers on the nonviolence in schools policy and on classroom management. They in turn trained 400 school principals and 11,000 teachers. 400 school counselors had a refresher training on psychosocial support in schools and then oriented the teachers in their schools. In total, 186 subject supervisors, 400 school principals, 400 school counselors and 11,000 teachers received training before the start of the new school year, leading to 230,000 school children receiving psychosocial support and recreational activities last week.
- Recreational and stress relief activities for 36,734 children in 80 schools all over Gaza strip through MA'AN and TAMER in coordination with MoEHE. This was part of the extra support to children during the first week of school.
- Tankering of safe drinking water to schools (on a daily basis, to serve 76,050 students and 2430 teachers in 117 schools).
- 86,501 school bags to children in grades 1-6 in MoEHE schools;
- 120,320 stationary sets for school children in MoEHE schools;
- 395 teaching aids to 395 schools to enable teachers to work in a more conducive teaching and learning environment.
Each aid includes 35 items, including chalk, markers, rulers, scissors, notebooks and etc.
- 623 recreational kits to 395 schools to enable the schools to implement recreational activities with the school children in the first week of the new academic year and on an ongoing basis.
- 28 early childhood development (ECD) kits to schools that have preschool classes.
In addition, UNICEF is currently organizing:
- Distribution of the remaining 43,499 school bags that are being locally manufactured in Gaza by 3 suppliers at a rate of 24,000 bags per week, as well as the remaining 10,000 stationary sets.
- Repair of 26 schools that sustained minor damage during the conflict in West Gaza, to start this week through partner ACF. The schools will be rehabilitated by end October.
- Provision of school uniforms and shoes to the most vulnerable children through the joint WFP-UNICEF e-voucher programme. So far, funding has been secured for 15,000 sets of school uniforms and shoes.
UNICEF leads the Child Protection Working Group and affiliated groups for mental health and psychosocial sevices (MHPSS), and for monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children (MRM). These groups have been merged to maximise coordination of child protection responses during the emergency.
UNICEF continues to lead the WASH cluster and co-lead the Education cluster with Save the Children, both in Gaza and at the national level, with dedicated staff capacity.
Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) have been established in Gaza and Ramallah.
Supply and Logistics
UNICEF has made efforts to use local suppliers where possible in the procurement and production of NFIs. However, in Gaza, there have been challenges around local suppliers being able to deliver on time. This has impacted on the speed at which some supplies have been distributed. UNICEF has tackled this by using more than one local supplier to meet demand.
Next SitRep: 2 October 2014
SoIrtIn Maria Olafsdottir, M&E and Gender Specialist, UNICEF SoP, Jerusalem, Phone: +972 (0)2 584 0410, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.unicef.org/oPt/,