UNRWA schools in operation despite funding concerns

6. UNRWA School (Wikimedia Commons)
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AMMAN — The UNRWA has confirmed that schools in all operational areas have commenced teaching as scheduled. This comes after earlier warnings of potential service disruptions due to a lack of additional funding.اضافة اعلان

Back in June, UNRWA's Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, had cautioned about the possibility that the agency might not be able to sustain its operations beyond September without immediate additional funding. Tamara Al-Rifai, the spokesperson for UNRWA, has stated that schools did indeed start on time in all operational areas. Additionally, the agency is actively working to gather the necessary financial resources, Amman Net reported.

Lazzarini had highlighted potential consequences, including the potential closure of over 700 schools and 140 health centers. This would lead to a halt in emergency services across operational areas, potentially pushing millions of Palestinian refugees, who depend on UNRWA's assistance, towards famine.

Meanwhile, Al-Rifai further emphasized the ongoing efforts of the agency to secure more resources, aiming to sustain the provision of all services during the final quarter.

In Jordan, there are currently 706 schools catering to over 113,000 students, according to last year's statistics.

Earlier this year, the agency launched an appeal to raise $1.6 billion. These funds are intended to support its programs, operations, and emergency responses across various regions, including Syria, Lebanon, the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip, and Jordan.

UNRWA has grappled with persistent funding shortages for the past decade, and this year began with a $75 million debt from 2022.

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