Palestinian students achieving "higher-than-average results" at UN schools

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Montage of Palestinian school children. UN Photo

Palestinian children studying at UN-run schools in the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan are achieving "higher-than-average results", according to a study released by the World Bank.

The UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNWRA), manages nearly 700 schools and educates more than 500,000 refugee students each year.

According to the World Bank, UNWRA pupils scored on average higher than their peers in international assessments, despite what it called the "challenging and adverse circumstances" they live under.

Earlier this year, UN schools in Gaza were shelled during a 50-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian faction, Hamas.

Over 81 schools were damaged during the fighting and over 90 served as shelters for up to 290,000 displaced people.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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