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Factsheet: Children Access to Education in the Gaza Strip

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Access to quality education in Gaza is continually denied due to the continuing Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza and regular military attacks and incursions from the IOF as well as attacks from Palestinian armed groups. Schools have been the direct target of airstrikes and shelling and have sustained damage from indirect attacks. Surroundings and routes to and from schools have also been attacked by the IOF. In addition, the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, which prevents the import of building materials, has had a serious negative impact on the quality of schooling available. School buildings which are damaged (often due to military attack) cannot be repaired meaning children are taught in unsafe and unsuitable surroundings. Overcrowding is a serious problem because new schools cannot be built. In order to accommodate the large number of students in many school buildings operate on a double shift in order to accommodate more students. This report describes in detail the nature of the armed attacks on schools and the siege and the effects they have on children’s education and future.