The State of Qatar, represented by Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), and the State of Palestine, represented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a contribution through the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, which is meant to benefit 339 young Palestinians from the marginalised and refugees in the countries of the diaspora, to be implemented over a period of five years with co-financing.
The memorandum provides support to Palestinian refugee students and assistance in completing their university education, as an expression of the commitment and responsibility of the State of Qatar towards marginalised students and refugees and its support to help them continue their learning journey.
Today: @qatar_fund signed an MoU with the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, in support of EAA’s Qatar Scholarship programme, to provide 339 scholarships to disadvantage youth & teachers. pic.twitter.com/27cahc9RnD— Education Above All Foundation (@EAA_Foundation) March 16, 2021
The MoU was signed by Director General of QFFD Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari and Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, HE Dr. Mahmoud Abu Mouis.
On the sidelines of the signing ceremony for the MoU that was held via video conference, Kuwari stressed the importance of signing this memorandum, expressing in this regard, the QFFD’s pride of its work alongside strategic partners like the Education Above All Foundation, to help rebuild the education system and provide the necessary support, especially to the affected and marginalised Palestinian refugee students due to crises, poverty and asylum.
The Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Mahmoud Abu Mouis praised the continuous support that the State of Qatar provides to the Palestinian people, expressing his appreciation of the efforts by QFFD and the Education Above All Foundation in supporting the rights of Palestinian students to get their university education, while also expressing his aspiration to enhance future cooperation.
The CEO of the Education Above All Foundation Fahad Hamad Al Sulaiti hailed the MoU, expressing the Foundation’s appreciation for the generous support provided by the State of Qatar through QFFD, the Foundation’s strategic partner.
Al Sulaiti stressed the importance of education being inclusive and accessible to all to support Palestinian refugee students to complete and empower their university education, and to ensure that marginalised youth affected by conflict are not excluded.
In 2014, QFFD in cooperation with the Education Above All Foundation, established Al Fakhoora Program, which is a vital and comprehensive system of education in Gaza that aims to restore and reconstruct universities and schools demolished by the Israeli aggression on Gaza.
Since 2009, 1,000 scholarships have been contributed to higher education in Gaza, 51 of which in the West Bank, and 50 educational facilities that were damaged in the 2014 aggression have been reconstructed and rehabilitated, including 35 schools, 5 training centres, and 10 universities.
The goal of the Foundation is to support a new generation of marginalised youth to become educated, highly-skilled professional leaders, and a source of inspiration to others and are capable of leading their families and communities towards cohesion and prosperity in the future.
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