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No high school for boys in Gaza refugee camp
Published Wednesday 27/03/2013 (updated) 28/03/2013 18:26
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Though it’s home to about 50,000 Palestinian refugees, the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip does not have a public high school for boys.

Troubles and difficulties in the public schooling system in the coastal enclave aren’t unusual, however, in al-Maghazi camp the situation is much more complicated.

For girls, there is one public high school which operates early and late shifts to cope with the large number of female students.

Ever since the refugee camp was established, however, male students have been forced to travel either to Deir al-Balah and Nuseirat refugee camp every day to get high school education.

Muaz Ismail, a tenth grader from al-Maghazi, studies at al-Manfaluoti high school in Deir al-Balah. Since his family can’t afford to pay for transportation, Ismail walks to and from school. It takes him about half an hour in each direction.

Mustafa al-Layy is considered lucky compared to his peers as his family can afford to allocate about 70 shekels ($20) every month to cover his transportation to school.

He says he sometimes walks with his peers to “sympathize with them.”

Asked to comment on the situation, the project director of the Hamas-run ministry of education, Basim Sharab, says building a high school for boys in al-Maghazi is among his ministry’s top priorities.

Sharab highlighted that the ministry obtained a tract of land from the Gaza Strip land authority upon which the ministry will build a high school for boys.
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1 ) School / High
27/03/2013 20:01
There is a simple solution - boys and girls attend the same school - just like in all well-developed and many other countries around the world. Why this solution is unacceptable for Gaza? Because of palestinians problems with "dignity" or something else like that?

2 ) Mel / USA
27/03/2013 20:54
Oh Mossad! WHAT A TOTAL LOAD OF ZIONIST BULL!

3 ) Mel1 / USA
27/03/2013 20:57
RAB/MUSLIM/CHRISTIAN peoples,POWERFUL,wealthy,Israel EQUALLY have the human right,too,to DEFEND THEMSELVES,& be "secure" from ATTACKS by Zionism/Israel,since PRE-1948!An existential,VASTLY bigger, ACTUALITY,daily! ORWELLIAN OBAMA! "OBAMA THIS DESTRUCTION".Obama is visiting'pretty'compliant sites,where PA leaders hide their Zionist shackles under silk suits &ironed on smiles!Obama! GO to the blood-stained ground to see how'good' our 'US-WEPS-Inc' business is!Pro-Israeli Zionism is.

4 ) shirleyS / Australia
28/03/2013 12:20
SAMIR ASSAWI is dying Abu sisi and countless other prisoners suffering and this an article designed to nag about HAMAS and little else it is not abad thing for boys this age to walk 1/2 hr to school for exercise many children this age in west walk this distance to get to school

5 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
28/03/2013 22:47
@ 1 Why don't you read the article. If the female high school operates early and late shifts, where do you suggest to put the male students ?

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/04/2013 10:24
When I was in high school I walked 40 minutes each way. so what? Then I got a summer job and bought a bicycle with my earnings (and a good lock), then it took me 10 minutes each way. And Mel, what does the Mossad have to do with this story? Is there any way your meds schedule can change so that you're more coherent?

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/04/2013 10:24
Shirley is right - even in occupied Australia the aborigines walk to school...often through settlements like Shirley's.
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