Towards Beautiful Schools in Gaza

Nov 7, 2016

A student participating at the School beautification initiative at her school in Khan Younis

Gaza Strip, 07 November 2016 – At a workshop held on 06 November 2016, representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Environment, Al Fakhoora, programme of Education above All Foundation and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People gathered to evaluate the beautification initiatives submitted by five schools in the Gaza Strip.

The competition comes as part of the Right to Education programme, implemented by UNDP with funds from Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) through Al Fakhoora, a programme of Education above All Foundation. The programme aims to reconstruct and rehabilitate 51 educational facilities damaged and destroyed during the 2014 hostilities on Gaza, and reach over 600,000 Palestinian young people by 2020.

During the workshop, the five participating schools presented to the panel the outcome of their beautification initiatives that were carried out with the support of Al Fakhoora’s social media and design teams. The designs presented were creative, innovative, and promoted Palestinian heritage and an adequate learning environment. They ranged from planting schoolyards, painting and drawing, to recycling of recovered waste.

The competition encouraged students to develop ways to improve and beautify their school environment, develop a sense of pride and accountability, cleanliness, volunteerism, and community service.

The participating schools are Al Maghaazi Secondary Girls School, Adnan Al Ghoul Primary Co-Ed School, Hashem Atta Shawa for Girls, Khan Younis Secondary Girls School, and Khawlah Bint Al Azwar Secondary Girls School. The winners will be selected based on criteria such as message content, creativity, number of participants, collaboration and others.

The selection panel is comprised of Mr Ahmed Al Shamy representing the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Mr Atef Jaber, representing the Ministry of Environment, Eng. Al-Motaz Badwad, representing Al Fakhoora programme and Dr Abla Amawi, representing UNDP, in addition to the Headmistress of the five targeted schools.