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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
15 September 2014

Situation Overview


Flash Appeal: $39.8 million
Summary Analysis of Programme response

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 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.

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.

10,000 school bags and 10,000 stationary kits for school children in MOEHE 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:

Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Water tankering for domestic use is ongoing. MA'AN delivered 4,504 cubic meters of water to 31,528 beneficiaries in Gaza City.

Child Protection

Child Health & Nutrition
Humanitarian leadership and coordination

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