Palestinian Education Ministry in Gaza prevents eight high school students from leaving the Strip to study in the US.
Hamas has prevented eight high school students from leaving Gaza to pursue studies in the United States. The students are all recipients of US State Department-funded scholarships administered by AMIDEAST, which are awarded to outstanding candidates following a year-long selection process. However, the Palestinian Education Ministry in Gaza rejected the students’ request to leave the Strip for their studies, citing "social and cultural reasons".
The scholarship is part of a student exchange program run by the US State Department for students aged 15-17. Recipients spend one year studying in the United States, after which they undertake to return to their home countries in order to continue their studies.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the decision by the Education Ministry in Gaza, noting that it is contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which establishes the right of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.