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Photos- Iranian Children Send Aid, Toys to Gaza Students

5 September 2015 19:41


Palestinian students in the Gaza Strip received gifts, toys and writing utensils from Iranian children as academic year started in the Israel-besieged region.

The aid cargo which was sent under a humanitarian project named ‘the school bags’ included 1,600 school bags for girls and boys and stationary stuff like notebooks, pen, pencil, etc.

The Gaza Strip’s new school year began on Monday at schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) after a one-week delay due to a boycott by students’ parents.

Last week, the new academic year officially kicked off in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The parents of students enrolled at schools run by UNRWA, however, had refused to send their children to class, citing acute overcrowding.

“Around 251,000 students went back to 257 schools in the Gaza Strip,” the UNRWA Students’ Parents Union declared in a statement.

“Studies will be temporary for ten days until the capacity of classes is reduced to the previous quota (38 students per class),” the union added.

UNRWA’s Arab employees’ union, meanwhile, said that UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl planned to visit Gaza on September 9 to discuss the agency’s recent decisions.

Responsibility for schooling in the blockaded Gaza Strip is divided between the Palestinian Education Ministry and UNRWA.



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