UNITED NATIONS: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, Wednesday announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools in Gaza that were heavily damaged by the Israeli bombing of the enclave recently.
According to a news release issued by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Malala, the teenage Pakistani education activist, made the announcement as she accepted the prestigious World Children’s Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, commending UNRWA’s heroic work in helping the Palestinian children and noting that the needs in the Palestinian territory were overwhelming.
We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Malala, 17, said.
The Nobel Laureate noted that the $50,000 donation would help towards the rebuilding of the 65 schools damaged during the recent 51-day conflict which saw entire neighborhoods flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population uprooted.
The violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children..
UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl commended the donation, saying the UN was deeply touched by the gesture and that it would lift the spirits of a quarter of a million UNRWA students and boost the morale of the more than 9,000 teaching staff there. In addition, he praised Malala for her personal courage and her role as a symbol of the boundless potential that lies within each and every child on Earth.
UNRWA shares with you the profound belief in the importance of education as a means to lift young girls and boys out of isolation, exclusion or oppression, Krahenbuhl continued.
Acquiring skills and knowledge to improve prospects for the future is profoundly en-grained in the Palestinian consciousness.
Following the devastation wrought by the conflict, UNRWA announced it is providing food, water and sanitation services to over 40,000 displaced people in 18 of its installations, psycho-social support particularly for children, cash grants to the homeless for rent, as well as urgent repairs to a total of 118 UNRWA installations.