Girls, Too

3 February 2009, Issue No. 23 - Crisis in Gaza

Issue No. 23, 3 February 2009
United Nations Girls Education Initative
Crisis in Gaza
Crisis in Gaza
Children study by candlelight in Beit Hanoun. (UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1406/El Baba)

‘Everything is destroyed’: Siblings describe destruction of their school in Gaza

NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2009 – When Gaza’s schools reopen in the coming days, Maram, 12, does not know where she’ll go. “I want to see what happened to my school,” she said in a telephone interview with UNICEF Radio. “I saw pictures of it – It was very, very destroyed.”

Maram and her brother Muhammed, 16, both attended the American International School, one of the most prestigious private schools in Gaza. In early January, the school was bombed. According to the Associated Press, the Israeli army said Palestinian militants were launching rockets from the campus.

Now the school’s 250 students don’t know where they’ll start the second semester. “I’m in this school from grade three, from the first time it was built,” said Muhammed. “I don’t know what I’ll do.”

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9-13 Feb - UNESCO Gender Studies & Women’s Research Networking Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
25-26 Feb
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22-26 Mar - Conference on Comparative and International Education Studies (CIES), with participation of the Fast Track Initiative Secretariat, Charleston, North Carolina, USA

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Hope for the next generation

Palestinian children hope for a better future. In a survey of about 4,300 Palestinian youths aged 10–24:

  • 58.9% say their first concern is education
  • 13.3% use the computer and 5.8% the Internet
  • 91% say they are optimistic about the future

Source: PCBS/UNICEF/UNFPA Youth Survey 2003


Yasmin's Story


Yasmin's Story
"There's no school to go to for education or to learn, because there is no safety in the streets," Yasmin, 16, speaking to UNICEF Radio from her home in Gaza City.

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Endless crisis for Gaza's Children


Endless crisis for Gaza's Children
More than half of Gaza's population are children, and children are 32 per cent of the war's casualties.

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