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Despite devastation, Gaza school year to begin in September
Published Friday 15/08/2014 (updated) 16/08/2014 20:07
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Minister al-Shakhshir and UNRWA education head Caroline Pontefract
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education has begun planning for the the upcoming school year in the Gaza Strip as normalcy slowly returns to the besieged coastal enclave devastated by five weeks of Israeli bombardment.

Even with 277 schools damaged in the assault -- including a large number which took direct hits -- Minister Khawla al-Shakhshir said on Friday that the ministry is hoping to begin classes within three weeks.

She said that the ministry is also focused on improving psychological services for students and families in the wake of the assault, which left nearly 2,000 dead, more than 10,000 injured, and 100,000 homeless.

The ministry's plans include individual and group activities focusing on psychological counseling and awareness with specific attention paid toward the mental well-being of children.

Al-Shakhshir also said that she had met with the director of education at the UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, Caroline Pontefract, to discuss a common plan for starting the new school year in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Shakhshir said that the plan aims to enhance cooperation with UNRWA through a joint committee to prepare for the upcoming school year and help repair physical damage to educational infrastructure.

Of the 277 schools damaged by Israeli bombardment, 141 were government schools and 136 were UNRWA schools, according to the PLO.
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1 ) Mel / USA
15/08/2014 15:54
1.8 million HUMAN BEINGS trapped in Gaza can pick themselves up in some fashion following more WAR CRIMES of death/destruction/torture by the OCCUPYING MILITARY ISRAELI FORCE(against Geneva Cons/rule of war etc) & BIG KUDOS to Gaza.BUT...there's no"normalcy"returning to Gaza Strip,in terms of 7yrs Israeli COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT occupation(land,sea,air,economy).Any moral,ethical,SANE PERSON knows that's CRIMINALLY ABNORMAL,except perpetrators.Ending Israeli's 67yrs occupation/expansion is"normal"!

2 ) Mel / USA
15/08/2014 16:13
Cont:And as long as client-puppet"leaders"in USG's "community"swing-club(UKG,EU,Riyadh,Doha,Manama,Sydney,Ottawa etc)act as SERVANTS to Judeo-Nazi colonialism,instead of CIVILITY & LAW(as paid to do)& ignore Israel's psychopathic,narcissistic,brutal war-crimes,then purist Israel remains as"normal"as Hitler,Stalin,AQ/ISIS! Insanity is"normal"only to LUNATICS! But there's nothing"normal"about Israel's criminal ethnic cleansing,prolonged collective punishment &attempted genocide.Ask global Jews!

3 ) Keo / Thailand
17/08/2014 00:29
Keep taking those new Israeli medications Mel, and we all hope you get better soon.

4 ) Mel / USA
17/08/2014 18:06
#3: LOL! Thanks "Keo/Thailand": How's the bong-pipe going? Are you back on IOF duty soon? Or headed back to Yeshiva school to make "Gas The Arabs" banners?
"Luv ya long-time Joe;yu like nooky-nooky? You like smokey-smokey,Keo?"
Thailand, lol, riiiiiiiiiight! If you're Thai,in Israel, you must be there as a"mattress"to keep the Z-olonists happy?
Thank God I'm med-free & fully compos mentis,still,since WW2! "Remember&Never Forget"!
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