Gaza: Nursery school for Bedouin children opened

Built by Italian NGO with Ministry and Lombardy towns funds

19 March, 18:00

(ANSAmed) - GAZA, MARCH 19 - The Centre for Childhood, the first nursery school in the Gaza Strip equipped with a photovoltaic site and a system of phytodepuration for water reuse, has been opened today in Um al Nasser. The school has been built by the NGO Vento di Terra.

The "Land of Children" centre, which is made of sand and wood, offers 125 nursery school age children the chance of high-quality education, psycho-social assistance for mothers and psychological and educational training for teachers.

The president of the Vento di Terra association, Massimo Annibale Rossi, recalled the difficult conditions faced by Bedouins in Gaza, who every day face the danger of bombings, the lack of necessary goods, mass unemployment and isolation. Only last week, the north of the Gaza Strip, where the nursery school is located, was the setting for the latest stage in the conflict.

"Many things have changed since we opened the centre," explained Fatima Abu Rashid, the centre's educational co-ordinator. "Before, children turned up their noses when they heard about "school". Today, mothers say that their children wake up early and can't wait to go to the new nursery".

The Peace Architecture project for education in Gaza has been made possible by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI), the local authorities of Milan, Bressi and Sesto San Giovanni, L.U.S.H Italia and the network of supporters of Vento di Terra. (ANSAmed).

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