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TO ALL MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
Brussels, 1st August 2014
Solidarity appeal: GUPT and EI start humanitarian assistance to teachers and students in Gaza
Earlier this week, EI reiterated that schools must be safe havens in all conflict zones of the world, and that there is no excuse for educational institutions to be targeted. EI has urged that human life be respected, that the safety and protection of children be ensured, and that the warring parties heed the call of the United Nations Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in line with the one agreed in November 2012.
Ahmet Annees Sahweel, General Secretary of the General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT), and I met in Ramallah on 31 July. GUPT and Education International have agreed to establish a special solidarity fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Gazan teachers and their families and students who have become victims of the war between Israel and Hamas.
The Palestinian teachers’ union has some 6,000 members in Gaza, most of them working in government schools. It is estimated that so far 30 teachers have lost their lives. Many more have been injured, lost family members or seen their homes demolished. According to UN sources, 25% of the victims are children.
GUPT and its five branches in Gaza will carry out the humanitarian assistance programme. EI is contributing an initial amount of USD 25,000 to the Special Fund, for immediate release.
We invite member organizations to make a solidarity contribution to this special solidarity fund:
Avenue Marnix, 24, B-1000 Brussels - Belgium
IBAN: BE05 3101 0061 7075
with the reference “Humanitarian assistance for teachers and students in Gaza”
Thank you for your solidarity.
Fred van Leeuwen
Internationale de l'Éducation
Internacional de la Educación
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