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Marking the 100th Day of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Focusing on the Devastating Humanitarian Impact on Children and Youth

Today, we solemnly observe a grim milestone - 100 days of death and despair in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. As an organisation committed to promoting education and safeguarding the rights and futures of children and young people globally, Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is deeply concerned for all affected populations, particularly the profound impact this conflict has had on children and youth.

The human toll of this relentless conflict is staggering. Over 23,843 lives have been lost, including more than 10,400 children. Each of these numbers represents a life cut short, a family shattered, and a future unfulfilled. Amidst this active war zone, the very essence of childhood is under siege.

With the conflict still raging, the educational landscape in Gaza has been decimated. Nearly 380 schools have been damaged or destroyed, leaving countless children without access to education. In this environment of fear and instability, education is not just disrupted; it has come to a complete stand still. The loss of educational spaces is a dire blow to the hopes and aspirations of a generation.

We, at EAA, solemnly and strongly condemn the rapid destruction of schools and interruption of education systems in Gaza, including EAA’s Al Fakhoora programme and EAA-funded schools, which left staff and students without education, refuge, or shelter.

In the rubble and ruin, another silent but profound crisis unfolds in the form of an environmental catastrophe. The war has unleashed a level of planet-warming emissions surpassing that of over 20 of the world's most climate-vulnerable nations within these 100 days. This stark fact highlights an urgent environmental emergency that compounds the already dire humanitarian crisis.

Education Above All Foundation, together with partners like UNICEF, UNFPA, Save the Children and Qatar Red Crescent, is actively working to address the psychosocial and physical needs of children and youth in Gaza. In response to the dire crisis, together we are delivering US$8 million in aid packages to over 233,000 beneficiaries, exemplifying our steadfast commitment to humanitarian efforts in the region. 

Our unwavering dedication is to ensure their fundamental right to education, as well as addressing their basic needs such as psychosocial support that make it possible for them to learn. 

At this crucial juncture, we call on the international community to unite in support of these efforts. It is a time to focus on our shared responsibility towards the young and vulnerable in Gaza. Their well-being and future should be a unifying call to action, demanding our collective empathy and immediate response.

As we solemnly observe these 100 days of conflict, a duration not merely a number but a stark symbol of escalating human suffering, we at Education Above All Foundation renew our fervent plea. These 100 days have been a period of unimaginable loss and hardship for the children of Gaza, and we stand resolute in our commitment to them. We advocate not just for a cessation of conflict but also for the prevention of another day of despair. 

Our belief remains steadfast: education is a vital pathway to recovery and peace. We are dedicated to the day when children and young people in Gaza can return to a life where education, safety, and hope are not casualties of conflict, but foundations of their future.

For more information, contact:

Patience Rusare
Senior Media Specialist 
Education Above All Foundation
Email: prusare@eaa.org.qa
Mobile: +974 5993 1560

Impact

"Humanity will not overcome the immense challenges we face unless we ensure that children get the quality education that equips them to play their part in the modern world." -- HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Surpassing

14.5 million

enrolment commitments for OOSC

9,800

Scholarships

89.5%

retention rate

395,558

Teachers trained

45,000

schools and classrooms