Twenty two UNRWA students are elected to represent more than half a million Palestine refugee students in the Agency-wide Student Parliament. © 2019 UNRWA Photo
Palestinian students enrolled at schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) were elected to represent more than half a million Palestine refugee students in the Agency-wide Student Parliament (ASP).
This came on November 23, 22, when newly elected members of the third Agency-wide ASP, representing all of the Agency’s fields of operation – Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, came together for a four-day workshop held in Beirut.
At the workshop, participants explored topics such as democratic practices, leadership, participation, decision-making, and communications. The students developed their work-plan to guide the activities of the ASP over the coming year. They also elected a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary.
Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Al Farra from Gaza was elected the President of the ASP. Following the announcement of the election results, Mohammad said: “I am very happy that my colleagues put their trust in me and I also feel a great responsibility.”
Fifteen year-old Dala’ Loubani from Lebanon was elected Vice-President and thirteen year-old Ghaith Sulaiman from Syria assumed the position of Parliament Secretary.
The Agency-wide Student Parliament was first established in 2017, providing an opportunity for UNRWA students to work together to support their communities and advocate for their rights locally, regionally, and globally. This Agency-level platform builds on the school-level student parliaments operational in UNRWA schools since 2001.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.