First week of instruction dedicated to psychological care
About half a million children in Gaza returned to school on Sunday after the devastating Israeli assault on the enclave that killed over 2,100 Palestinians.
Schools are starting with a two-week delay because of the damage they sustained during the Israeli attacks. Moreover, some 50,000 Gazans are still housed in UN-run schools after the attacks destroyed their homes.
Over 10,000 houses were shelled by Israel. More than 200 schools were targeted, including UN-run schools, despite the Israeli military receiving their coordinates from the UN before the attacks.
The Israeli blockade on Gaza, which bars building materials, is making it difficult to rebuild schools and other civilian infrastructure.
The Education Ministry of Gaza said the first week of instruction will be dedicated to psychological counseling. Thousand of teachers have received special training to this end. According to the UN, about 400,000 Gazan children need psychological care given the horrors they witnessed.
The fighting between Israel and Hamas ended with an open-ended ceasefire on August 26. Israel and the Palestinians are negotiating a long-term settlement.