The Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People and UNESCO concluded an agreement on Monday, under which $2.9 million will support the right to education of Palestinian university students, particularly those from the most disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and living in marginalized areas.
The project seeks to provide needy university students with access to essential course materials and equipment, UNESCO said in a press release. In partnership with the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), a Palestinian NGO, the project will establish or support libraries that contain vital course materials for students in 12 districts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Qalqiliya, Jerusalem, Jericho, Salfit, Gaza, Khan Younis.
Hans d'Orville, the Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning, praised Saudi Arabia's generosity and strong commitment to UNESCO's activities, and expressed his thanks, on behalf of the Director-General, Irina Bokova, to Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Minister of Interior and Director-General of the Saudi Committee, for his continuous and generous support to UNESCO's activities in favor of education in Palestine.
Ziad Aldrees, Saudi Ambassador to UNESCO, expressed his thanks to Bokova for her continuous support for projects with Saudi Arabia and stressed that Saudi Arabia is proud to sign this agreement to support needy Palestinians.
The cooperation between UNESCO and the Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People, an entity under the Saudi Ministry of Interior, started in 2005.
by RTT Staff Writer
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