UNICEF and KOICA representatives
UNICEF, KOICA sign understanding memorandum to improve education in West Bank
The Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Palestine, Youseung Shin, and the Special Representative of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the State of Palestine, Lucia Elmi, signed an agreement today for UNICEF to implement the "Project for Improving Education Quality in The West Bank in The State of Palestine" in support of the Ministry of Education of the State of Palestine.
The project is in line with the government's National Policy Agenda for the State of Palestine and the Ministry of Education's priorities of providing quality education and health care to all Palestinians. The project will increase the quality and relevance of education, enhancing the acquisition of fundamental life skills and citizenship education (LSCE), as well as the capacity and processes of the government to deliver quality learning opportunities in a safe and inclusive environment. The project will also improve children's access to safe water and sanitation, which will improve service quality and the school environment.
KOICA has supported the Education sector since 2009, resulting in the establishment of two vocational training Schools: one in Jenin (2009, $2.3 million) and another in Kufr Nimeh, near Ramallah, (2014, $3.7 million). In addition, KOICA renovated computer labs for schools in the West Bank and Gaza (2012, $1 million). Furthermore, KOICA will be establishing a new Vocational School in Yatta, near Hebron, starting from 2022, in the amount of $6 million.
KOICA has been a supporter of Palestine since 1994, with a total contribution of $73 million. The initiatives of KOICA are focused on providing high-quality education to youth, creating decent work opportunities, strengthening government capacity to provide high-quality public services, and health care.
UNICEF in the State of Palestine (UNICEF SoP) aims to preserve children's rights to services and protection from infancy through adolescence, as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the State of Palestine ratified on April 2, 2014.