|Joint UNICEF/WFP summer project in Gaza|
In June 2010, WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reached an agreement to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s (MoEHE) “Learning through Enjoyment” programme in the Gaza Strip, which aimed to provide remedial education classes to 10,000 low achieving students from grades three to six.
The programme was carried out during the 2010 summer holidays. A total of 400 teachers provided remedial education classes in 50 selected government schools, each catering to 200 students. The kids participating in the “Learning through Enjoyment” project received 24 hours of Arabic remedial classes and 24 hours of Mathematics remedial classes.
Extracurricular activities were also provided through sports and arts. To ensure the quality of the remedial education classes, 18 MoEHE supervisors from the department of supervision conducted daily monitoring of the classes. During the classes, the children received snacks and refreshments, including the high-energy date bars from WFP, also used in the School Feeding programme implemented in Gaza. WFP’s contribution to this project was able to increase the students concentration levels during the classes through the enhancement of their nutritional status. It also acted as an incentive for the children to participate in the project as the date bars have become quite popular.
The date bars, procured through regional purchase in Egypt, are stored in a WFP warehouse in Karni. During the project, UNICEF collected the date bars at the WFP warehouse and facilitated the delivery to the 6 directorates in the Gaza Strip. The directorate education departments then delivered the date bars to their respective centers, who were in charge of the distributions.
Roll-out of the Electronic Tracking System (ETS) in oPt
In collaboration with the Emergency Preparedness Integration Centre (EPIC), WFP successfully rolled-out the pilot Electronic Tracking System (ETS) in the oPt in July 2010.
For over a decade, Logistics Units in WFP offices worldwide are using a software application called COMPAS (Commodity
Movement Processing Analysis System), to store and monitor all information relating to the movement of the food commodities in the country.
Until the launch of the ETS, COMPAS data-collection relied on paper waybills to track commodity movement. ETS replaces the paper waybill system and provides real-time tracking of the movement of commodities in the oPt, from WFP warehouses to cooperating partner warehouses and distribution points.
The ‘E-Waybill’ is electronically generated, then printed and signed before being handed over to the truck driver. Upon receipt of the goods, the warehouse-keeper completes the process by entering the received condition of the cargo directly into the system. As a result, COMPAS is updated immediately.
The provision of real-time commodity tracking significantly reduces delays in information flow when previously, paper waybill copies needed to be physically returned to the main Office before manual uploading into COMPAS. Depending on the remoteness of the receiving warehouse location, this process could take time.
With ETS, tracking information concerning shipments can be accessed online in real-time, ensuring more accurate and efficient movement of goods. Staff on both sides can log-in to the system at any time and have immediate access to all information concerning the shipment such as what was sent, when it was sent, when it will arrive and the shipment’s condition.