186,000 children have registered to participate in a month-long programme of summer activities organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The ‘Summer Fun Weeks’ (SFWs) began on 08 July and culminate in a series of closing ceremonies that end on 5 August 2017.
According to the Director of the Summer Fun Weeks, Yousef Moussa, the event is well-balanced in terms of the gender of the participants:
50.3 per cent of participants will be girls and 49.7 will be boys. There will be football for the boys and basketball for the girls. We have also included mural painting and handicrafts, as well as bouncy castles and trampolines for the younger children.
The SFW events will involve 115 UNRWA schools across the Gaza Strip, including the Al-Nour Centre for the Visually Impaired in Gaza City and seven community-based rehabilitation centres. UNRWA has also devised area-specific activities such as ‘Rethink and Recycle’ in Rafah, the ‘Expo Tech’ exhibition in Khan Younis, and the ‘Equity and Equality’ initiative in the north.
New activities include the Student Ambassador programme, Students Camp and the UNRWA School Choir. The Summer Fun Weeks will culminate in the final week with the Gaza Champion’s League: a football competition for boys and a basketball tournament for girls.