On their first day back at school, students at four UNRWA schools in Jordan have twinned their schools with a school under threat of demolition in the West Bank.
Israeli authorities may demolish Khan al Ahmar school, located in the Jerusalem periphery, as early as next month.
Students in Al-Ashrafieyeh school, Russaifeh school, Bayader Wadi Elseer school and Irbid town school wrote short messages of support, made comments on the Agency’s Facebook page and drew paintings around the theme “don’t demolish my future”. They assigned a board in each of the four schools where they displayed their drawings.
“It is cool to start the school with an art activity and Facebook. What is not cool at all is to learn that Khan al Ahmar school is to be demolished. Our prayers are with its students,” said tenth grader Jasmine Salim.
Another message of support was written by the tenth grader Baraa’ Nofal from Al-Ashrafieyeh school: “I’m a child and I have the right to learn”.
Seventh grader Reem Mohammad drew a picture depicting Khan al Ahmar school with one student inside a big heart. The drawing says: “I love my school. Please don’t demolish my school.”
As the children lined up to go into school in the morning, the problems faced by their counterparts in Khan al Ahmar was explained to them and they were asked to lend their support to the cause.
“It is the least we can do. We plan to organise a silent demonstration for the students to walk from the school to UNRWA’s office. The girls are very enthusiastic about it,” said Amneh Salim, the school headteacher.