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Estonia Helping to Provide Education to Palestinian Children

14.11.2011

No. 356-E

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees with 50 000 euros for its education-related project in Palestine, the goal of which is to ensure that education is accessible to children in the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the humanitarian situation is complicated for residents of Palestine and 70% of people require outside humanitarian aid in order to get by in everyday life. “The accessibility of education to children is a serious problem, since schools are often overpopulated. The steady growth in the number of school-aged children indicates that the problem will grow even more severe,” he added.

The UNRWA education project in the Gaza Strip is geared towards improving educational opportunities for the 213 000 children in 1-9 grades in terms through infrastructure, the outfitting of classrooms, and procuring study materials.

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been speaking on behalf of and helping more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory since 1950. The activities of the UNRWA include guaranteeing education, health care, food aid, and infrastructure along with its repair, as well as supporting refugees with jobs, loans, and humanitarian aid.

The UNRWA is almost entirely dependent on voluntary donations. The UNRWA issued an emergency appeal for aid in September because it needs at least 36 million dollars to continue its programmes in 2012.

Estonia has previously given humanitarian aid (1 million kroons) to the Palestinian Authority through the UNRWA in 2009 to help provide aid to those in need in the Gaza Strip.

 

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