Palestinian Students Face Difficulty Accessing Education

Living in humanitarian crises for decades, Palestinians have to accept many harsh realities. Particularly in Gaza, the children have to face the impact such as difficulty in accessing education.

Damaged school condition in Gaza.
Damaged school condition in Gaza after Israeli Aggression from May 10 to 26, 2021. (Anadolu Agency/Ashraf Amra)

ACTNews, GAZA – Israel’s major aggression last May has brought great damage to the Palestinians. Not only destroyed the life of Palestinians, but the aggression also destroyed the education system in Palestine. Many school buildings were damaged, resulting in the difficulty for Palestinian students to access education. This problem has been further exacerbated by Israel’s interference around Palestinian schools.

According to the United Nations, acts of interference by Israeli occupation include threats of demolition, clashes on the way to school between students and security forces, teachers stopped at checkpoints, and also violent actions of Israeli forces and settlers on some occasions. In fact, students are supposed to be given access to quality education and a safe learning environment.

Educational institutions in Palestine also require funds and other operational assistance since the financial aid for schools has been reduced. However, amid all these struggles, Palestinian students never give up and hope to be able to make their dreams come true.

Educational Assistance from ACT

Through various programs, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has been directly taking part in solving humanitarian problems in Palestine, including by the provision of educational assistance. Currently, several educational programs have been carried out in Palestine.

In addition, ACT will also provide a school bus for the Gazan students to facilitate their education. Since June, the bus has been has been undergoing several modifications to be able to be used as a school bus for Palestinian students.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response explained that the bus would commute from the students' houses to the schools and vice-versa for 6 to 7 hours per day. For each trip, the school bus from the Indonesian generosity will be able to pick up around 50 students.[]