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"The program is popular with children, the Ministry of Education, and with UNRWA," says Veerle Coignez, USAID program manager. "School principals, teachers and parents are delighted with the changes they notice in their children. Families report that they find their children to be happier, more cooperative at home and more enthusiastic about homework. Teachers report that students are more focused after the training, more ready to learn, less aggressive and less violent overall," she says.
And what do the children themselves say? "Report after report notes how children tell the field coordinators that Classroom-Based Intervention helps them feel better and gives them an increased sense of trust and security. In one school, children apparently started crying upon learning that they had just completed the last session. They wanted the sessions to go on!" Coignez says.
Under Bina', activities will take place at summer camps and public, private and UNRWA schools. Save the Children Federation, which has managed the Classroom-Based Intervention program, will also have responsibility for implementing Bina'.
USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, which gives economic and humanitarian aid to more than 100 countries worldwide. Since 1993, USAID has provided more than $1.3 billion in assistance to Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.