Factsheet – Education in Palestine

Right to Education: Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990

ARTICLE 28: 1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity…

Protection of Children: Fourth Geneva Convention, 1949

ARTICLE 50: The Occupying Power shall, with the cooperation of the national and local authorities, facilitate the proper working of all institutions devoted to the care and education of children.


After the completion of the Wall, I used to cross through a tunnel, which was one meter high, full of dirty water and blocked at the two ends by stones. …My daily journey to school would take about two hours. I was caught many times and taken to the police station for interrogation. The days I got through I would arrive at school exhausted, but smiling because I had won my daily fight. …My permit expired in July. …[I can] no longer reach Jerusalem.

– testimony of school principal Abeer, East Jerusalem: Key Humanitarian Concerns, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, p.92, March 2011; http://www.ochaopt.org

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