Visualising Access to Education under military occupation

School is in recess for the summer months. For many children living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, this break from school means more than just a break from school work and exams.

Paths to schools and obstacles to education.In Palestine, the obstacles to receiving an education are numerous. Many children must walk through checkpoints daily and have their school bags searched by soldiers. Others must make their way to school along treacherous paths, hurrying through military firing zones, crossing busy highways, or even using drainage pipes to cross busy roads. Many schools report heavy military presence next to schools grounds especially when children are making their commutes.

The UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) reports that in 2015 there were 140 incidents of denial of access to education in Palestine affecting more than 14,916 students.

The functioning of schools in Hebron and across the West Bank has been disrupted to varying degrees since the beginning of the escalation of violence in the last quarter of 2015. Disruptions were mainly due to increased access restrictions, delays at Checkpoints or clashes and attacks in the vicinity of schools. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The MRM reported that in 2015 there were 156 attacks on education in Palestine, which directly affected 19,276 students. These attacks included: acts of vandalism, acts of harassment and in some cases physical violence towards Palestinian students on their commutes to and from school. In addition the Israeli military is reported to have fired teargas, stun-grenades, rubber bullets in and around school premises.

Our Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) offer protective presence to kids on their way to school and during the school day. EAs’ ensure that kids make it to school on time, are protected from violence, and feel safer, so that they can focus on what a kid should: getting a good education.

INTERNATIONAL LAW:

The right to education is protected under Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social And Cultural Rights (1966), the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (1979), and the Convention On The Rights of The Child (1989). Teachers and students should be guaranteed free access to educational institutions, regardless of their ethnic and religious background.

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