Access to education and dignity for Palestinian refugees

24 May '18 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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

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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.

Friends of Birzeit University is a UK registered charity founded in 1978 to promote Palestinian access to education and its role in the creation of a free and flourishing Palestine. Registered charity number: 1114343; Company number: 5713430. The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.



Elvin Hall, Institute of Education (UCL)

20 Bedford Way, London


Fobzu & UCU

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