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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
3 September 2012

Back to school for young Palestine refugees

عند بدء العودة إلى المدارس ، أطفال لاجئو فلسطين يواجهون صعوبات جمة

3 September 2012
East Jerusalem

This week, half a million Palestine refugee children will prepare to enter the doors of UNRWA’s 700 schools for the start of the new school year. Below are some key facts giving a sense of the challenges faced by young Palestine refugees in our fields of operation.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) delivers human development and humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees throughout the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. This includes primary education, vocational training, and secondary education in Lebanon.

Education is UNRWA’s largest programme, accounting for more than half of the Agency’s budget. In 2010, UNRWA began an education reform strategy, with a view to improving educational services for Palestine refugee school children. The strategy touches on staff professional development, curriculum enrichment and development, and better provision of services for students with special needs. These improvements will better place the Agency to meet the evolving demands of education in the 21st century.

More about UNRWA’s education work with Palestine refugees.

See photos of Palestine refugees during back-to-school week on our Facebook page.

Gaza Strip

More about UNRWA in Gaza.

West Bank

More about UNRWA in the West Bank.


More about UNRWA in Syria.

More about the current situation in Syria.


More about UNRWA in Lebanon.


More about UNRWA in Jordan.

Figures as of 31 August 2012, with the exception of some Lebanon figures from 2011.

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