Right to Education
Everyone has the Right to Education - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Palestinians receive 25% of the funds, threatened with demolition and sometimes forced to study in dark
Education of Palestinian children is restricted by Israeli settler abuse on their journey to and from school, checkpoints, the wall and lack of funding.
Many Palestinian children have witnessed the murder of their friends and families and suffer psychologically as a result. Following the Israeli attack of December 2008-January 2009, during which 318 children were killed, thousands of children are still suffering the effects of trauma and anxiety and are in need of psycho-social support which they are prevented from getting as a result of closure policies.
Education is also impeded by the numerous roadblocks that dice up the Occupied Territories, making regular attendance at school impossible. The decline in attendance has lead to a consequential decline in achievement. In the first semester of the 2007/2008 school year, just 20% of sixth graders in Gaza passed standardised exams in Maths, Science, English and Arabic.
Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister for Prisoner’s Affairs in 2012 stated that Israel arrests 700 Palestinian minors every year.
Palestinian children have no idea what a normal secure life is like, and this can only change if the occupation ends.
Palestinian children are often victims of Israeli settler abuse on their journey to and from school.
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Palestinian children in Jerusalem only receive 25% of the funds that an Israeli child receives for education.
61 schools in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, have pending demolition or stop work orders from the Israeli authorities.
In Gaza children are forced to study in the darkened classrooms due to the unprecented deterioration in the energy supply.