Shuja’iya Primary School for Girls

girls-school-1The Shuja’iya Primary School for Girls was founded in 1967. In 2011, 1,326 students attend classes in two shifts: 720 students in the morning shift and 606 in the evening shift. The school is located in the Shuja’iya neighborhood, one of Gaza City’s biggest and most crowded neighborhoods, with some 100,000 residents. The neighborhood is on the east side of Gaza City, near the border with Israel. The students who live near the border walk a long distance to school on foot every day because of the scarcity of schools in the border zone, considered dangerous because of shooting from both sides.

The Shuja’iya Primary School for Girls lacks classrooms, gymnasiums, computer rooms, laboratories and libraries. According to the Gaza Ministry of Education and Culture, another 15 schools are needed in the Shuja’iya neighborhood to meet the needs of the local population.

Since 2007, no new public schools were built in Gaza, as Israel does not allow the transfer of construction materials into the Gaza Strip. In a cabinet decision from June 20, 2010, Israel decided to allow the transfer of construction materials for projects approved by the Palestinian Authority which are under international supervision, but this does not include public schools. No UNRWA schools, for whose construction Israel has allowed the transfer of building materials, had been built by the end of 2010 due to delays in transferring materials.

For more on the Shuja’iya Primary School for Girls:

To read the information sheet “Unraveling the closure of Gaza: what has and hasn’t changed since the Cabinet decision and what are the implications?”, July 2010, click here.
To read the position paper “Reconstructing the Closure: Will recent changes to the closure policy be enough to build in Gaza?”, December 2010, click here.
To read the news story “Aid groups say they, not Hamas, are thwarted by Israeli restrictions on Gaza”, Washington Post, December 20, 2010, click here.