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 26thAugust, UNICEF worked closely with Education Cluster members, the MoEHE and partners in preparing for the reopening of schools.
Before the first day of school, UNICEF:
the 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 had received training before the start of the new school year.
Tankering of safe drinking water to schools (on daily basis, to serve 76,050 students and 2430 teachers in 117 schools.
231 teaching aids to 231 schools to enable teachers to work in a more conducive teaching and learning environment.
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.
28 ECD kits to schools that have preschool classes.
50 tarpaulins to 50 elementary schools to provide shade for children playing.
In addition, UNICEF is currently organizing: