Amman, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl, announced the UNRWA students will begin their scholastic year on time in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
In a statement released on Thursday, Krahenbuhl said 526 thousand students, alongside their teachers, are returning to 711 schools, and added the step is “of tremendous significance to protect Palestinian refugees’ basic right of education.”
The Commissioner-General also underlined the serious risks UNRWA is facing, announcing the organization has obtained $238 million in additional funding.
The funding is enough to run the operations until the end of September, and the agency needs more $217 million to keep its schools open until the end of this year, he pointed out.
Krahenbuhl also commended the host countries and the donors for their support to UNRWA in such difficult times and their commitment to offer new contributions.
He called for a meeting to secure the required resources, and spurred all UN member states, which have pledged but have not yet made their contributions, to do so as soon as possible.
UNRWA, for its part, would take strong, sustained measures to secure and maintain its financial status, focus on reform initiatives, and identify areas of efficiency, the Commissioner-General said, stressing the agency’s deep commitment to protecting the dignity of Palestinian refugees and UNRWA services.
Source: Jordan News Agency