Fobzu and UCU present

The Friends of Birzeit University 40th Anniversary programme


Access to Education and Dignity for

Palestinian Refugees


Christopher Gunness, Chief Spokesperson, UNRWA

Dr Caroline Pontefract, Director of Education, UNRWA

Chair: Dr Joanna de Groot, President of UCU


When: 6.30pm, Thursday 24th May

Where: Elvin Hall, Institute of Education (UCL), 20 Bedford Way, London

To attend this event please RSVP by signing up on Eventbrite page here.

Established in 1949 to offer relief and work programmes to the 750,000 Palestinians made homeless by the Nakba of 1948, today UNRWA provides relief, human development and protection services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees. UNRWA is largest provider of education to Palestinian refugees, serving over half a million Palestinian children in 700 free schools and educational facilities in its five areas of operation: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank – including East Jerusalem. The US government's decision to cut its funding to UNRWA announced in January exacerbated the agency's already chronic underfunding and has led to what UNRWA's Chief Spokesperson, Christopher Gunness described as 'the worst financial crisis in UNRWA's history'. In response, on 22nd January, UNRWA launched the global fundraising campaign #DignityIsPriceless.

The Education, Occupation & Liberation series marks Fobzu's 40th anniversary and is co-hosted with the University and College Union (UCU). The programme of lectures and seminars brings together Palestinian, UK and international scholars, students and practitioners to explore the challenges facing Palestinian education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine.

You can help students like Sajeda overcome barriers

Donate to the Fobzu Winter Appeal

Palestinian students like Sajeda face enormous
obstacles to fulfilling their potential. Occupation,
blockade and exile hold back the whole of Palestinian
society. Covid has further exacerbated the situation.

A gift from you could help a student in financial need
achieve their dream of going to university and spread
hope in Palestine during dark times.

This scholarship means a lot to me, it lightens the financial
burden on my mother. I will make sure to do my best to get the
highest marks in order to deserve this scholarship.

Sajeda, Language Translation, Birzeit University

Fobzu Spring Appeal 2021

Hasan was doing his coursework on his phone

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