UNDP Celebrates International Youth Day with Al Fakhoora Scholars in Gaza

Aug 24, 2017

Gaza, 24 August 2017- Celebrating the 2017 International Youth Day under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, UNDP’s Right to Education Programme in Gaza, with the help of volunteers from Al Fakhoora Dynamic Futures Programme, conducted site visits to some of the historical and cultural sites across the Gaza Strip.

Gaza’s treasures are isolated from most Palestinians and the rest of the world due to the blockade, and under threat from continued hostilities and economic decline. The tour aimed at raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while promoting a culture of peace and tolerance among youth and their role in conserving cultural heritage. The group was accompanied by a guide from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities who explained the importance and cultural diversity of the different sites visited, including Qasr Al Basha, Al Omari Mosque, St. Porphyrius Church, Al Alami traditional House and St George Monastery.

The activity was organized 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 USD 21 million programme aims to respond to the current deficit of classrooms and reconstruct and rehabilitate 51 educational facilities damaged and destroyed during the 2014 hostilities on Gaza.

It is worth noting that International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August, and is an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

Contact information

Dania Darwish, Communications Specialist, Tel. +972-2-6268229 – e-mail: dania.darwish@undp.org or Shahd El-Swerki in Gaza at Tel. +972-8-2822167 – e-mail: shahd.el-swerki@undp.org  . For more information on UNDP/PAPP see http://www.ps.undp.org.