ACTNews, GAZA – This February, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues giving teachers allowance to hundreds of hifz (Quran memorization) teachers in Gaza. Among the teachers who received the allowance are those who teach disabled children.
Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT reported that the allowance was given to 500 teachers in Gaza. “The beneficiaries of this program are huffaz (people who memorized the Quran) who helped Gazan children who are learning to memorize the Quran. Some of the teachers are university students who are finishing their study,” said Faradiba.
In Gaza, there are many Quran memorization groups and non-formal schools where children can learn the Quran. The formal schools in Gaza can no longer normally function due to the escalating conflict.
Ustaz Muhammad Husein, an Indonesian who now lives in Gaza, explained the severity of the crisis in Palestine when visiting ACT’s office on Tuesday (2/19).
The postgraduate who’s currently studying in Gaza said that the crisis affected not only economy, but also education in the country.
“Schools in Gaza are free. The problem is not the tuition fees, but the transports and school kits. It affects the students’ focus to study. Talking about education, the problems exist not only in schools, but also in their homes. One of the problems is that the students often go to school hungry,” he explained.
The escalation of the conflicts often renders education in Gaza totally paralyzed. Apart from security reason, the students can’t study in the classrooms because the classrooms often turn into refugee camps. Muhammad Husein himself pities this condition. According to him, the intelligence of the Gazan children is extraordinary. “The standard of education in Gaza is very high. The students are smart. When they move to other regions, they often become top students,” he said.
Apart from Palestinian government, the United Nations also built formal schools in Gaza. Many students continue their study to the university. Unfortunately, the prolonged conflict has worsened the condition in Gaza, destroying also job opportunities for university graduates.