More than 625,000 children out of school for more than eight months in Gaza

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says more than 625,000 children in Gaza have not attended school for over eight months.

300,000 of them were UNRWA students before the war, it said on X.

“Play and learning activities provided by UNRWA teams are critical in preparing children to get back to school and restore their right to education.”

Last week, the Gaza Media Office said that at least 800,000 students have been deprived of an education as Israel’s months-long offensive against the Gaza Strip continues.

The Office said, according to a statement by the Ministry of Education in Gaza, “more than 800,000 students of various educational levels in the Gaza Strip have been deprived of their right to education since Oct. 7 last year, due to the genocidal war being waged by the criminal Zionist occupation on the Gaza Strip.”

Among them: “40,000 high school students from various branches will not be able to participate in this year’s session of the high school exams, representing an unprecedented violation that threatens their future and undermines their chances of enrolling in local and international universities and colleges,” the Office added.

Last Saturday, 50,000 students went to final high school exam halls, “Tawjihi,” in West Bank governorates and Palestinian schools abroad, while the Israeli onslaught prevented students in Gaza from taking the exams.

The Gaza Media Office said that “85% of educational facilities are out of service due to direct and deliberate targeting, posing a significant challenge to efforts to resume the educational process after the war ends.”

“Plans have been put in place to make up for the academic year for students from the first (elementary) grade to the eleventh grade and higher education students, ensuring that the academic year is not lost and that they possess the essential concepts and skills necessary for their continued learning,” said the Office. ( With Agencies Inputs )