East Jerusalem, Today, Consulate General of Italy in Jerusalem, The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Jerusalem and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed an EUR 2 million agreement in support of Palestine refugee students. The agreement was signed at school in East Jerusalem and was attended by the Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Fedele, the Director of AICS Jerusalem Mr. Guglielmo Giordano and the UNRWA Director of Partnerships Karim Amer.
This project will ensure an adequate environment for 46,000 UNRWA school students in Palestine, guaranteeing that 96 UNRWA schools are capable and ready to identify child protection issues and provide necessary support as well as improving the service delivery of education and promote students’ digital literacy.
This support comes in addition to the EUR 1 million contributed towards health and protection services for Palestine refugees in Syria. This funding will enable UNRWA to sustain the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare at 23 of its health centers and health points. In addition, the contribution will help the Agency to extend its protection services and awareness programming over the next 12 months, by covering one staff member and supporting various protection activities, trainings and workshops.
Consul General of Italy highlighted that “Over the years, Italy has proven to be a reliable and longstanding supporter of UNRWA, its mandate and activities across all fields of operation. By working to meet both the basic core service requirements and the longer-term needs of more than five million Palestinian refugees, UNRWA continues to serve as an essential anchor of stability in the region”.
“Through these generous contributions, the Government of Italy has demonstrated its longstanding commitment to Palestine refugees across the Middle East. In particular, understanding the vital importance education plays in supporting the children and the youth of the West Bank to develop their full potential,” said Mr. Karim Amer, UNRWA Director of Partnerships. “The breadth of contributions the Government of Italy is giving in support of UNRWA, showcases their importance as a key donor to the Agency and its backing of all Palestine refugees.”
In 2021, the Government of Italy has provided predictable and diverse funding to UNRWA supporting activities across the Agency’s priorities. Ends –