The new school year will be delayed indefinitely in Gaza, as more than 380,000 Palestinians remain displaced.
Shujayea, Gaza City – Ahmed al-Arqan, 54, sits under the roof of what used to be his family’s home: The three-story house, where he and his five brothers lived with their families in the eastern Shujayea neighbourhood of Gaza City, was almost entirely destroyed by an Israeli missile shot from an F16 warplane.
A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.
“Teachers and students need at least three weeks before returning to school,” al-Arqan told Al Jazeera. “The authorities should also remove some parts of the curriculum to make it lighter for the children.”