Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza inaugerate the UNRWA Gaza Preparatory Girls’ School A & B in Gaza. (Phoot: UNRWA)
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) inaugurated last week the UNRWA Gaza Preparatory Girls’ School A & B in Gaza.
The ceremony was attended by a German delegation led by Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The delegation was welcomed by Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza.
The Gaza Preparatory Girls’ A & B School was established and equipped under the Regional Programme for the Improvement of Living Conditions of Palestine Refugee Camps (REPAC). KfW, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, provided a financial contribution of EUR 5 million in support of this programme.
The school’s design and construction proudly implement Child Friendly Schools (CFS) standards and guidelines, enabling 3,000 Palestine refugee girls to enjoy an enhanced, modern and safe learning environment. The school compound includes shaded areas, improved ventilation in 42 renovated, wider classrooms, which have been colourfully painted, sun-breaking elements, as well as thermal and sound insulation.
Additionally, the school’s roof features a green area and playground. Its library includes a theater where students can perform and play. This contribution also helped to improve the school’s WASH facilities, and allowed for the installation of solar panels for sustainable energy. Adapted to the Gazan context, the facilities can function as a Designated Emergency Shelter (DES) in emergency situations.
While touring the school, the delegation spoke with students who expressed gratitude to the support that has transformed their school environment into a joyful and creative place for learning.
After visiting the library, the delegation also had a meeting with Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza at the green playground on the school roof to learn about refugees’ lives in Gaza and the impact Germany’s support has had on the ground.