Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV)

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Education

  • Palestinians in general place great importance on education. Not only as a means to increase employability and standards of living but also to counter attempts of Israel to destroy the Palestinian identity and the Palestinian culture.
  • With a rate of 94, 8 %, literacy in Palestine is among the highest in the region.
  • 89, 4% Of Palestinian children receive primary education and 80, 6% enroll into secondary school.30% of secondary school graduates enroll into university. This percentage increases by 13% every year.
  • Palestine has got 43 institutions for higher education throughout the West Bank and Gaza. Among them the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and the International Academy of Art.
  • Women make up almost 54% of students at universities; yet, women present only 16.6% of the academic teaching staff.
  • High rates of Palestinian refugees hold university degrees. The rate of Palestinian refugees aged 15 and over holding the first university degree and higher is 9.2% of the total number of the refugee population of the same age group compared to only 8.4% for non-refugees.
  • The United Nations relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) operates one of the largest school systems in the Middle East, with nearly 700 schools for primary, secondary and vocational education, and has been the main provider of free-of-charge basic education to Palestine refugees for over sixty years.
  • UNRWA’s education program comprises 700 schools; 22,904 educational staff; 482,795 enrolled pupils of whom 49.9 percent female; 10 vocational training centers; 6,209 training places; Three educational science faculties; 1,415 teachers in training and 1,700 student teachers.