Waqf Education (endowment)
EAP believes that by securing a better education and training program for the youth in Palestine, they will blossom on an individual, and a mass scale. With education, the ripple effect of power, individuality, creativity and change will take place, and this is imperative for any community, and in this case, the Palestinians.
EAP aims to transform people’s lives. By focusing on the grass roots and funding university scholarships and postgraduate programs, Palestinian society can flourish socially and economically. Besides developing and building the educational curricula for the Palestinian students, we have numerous projects, including: supporting student orphans, special needs children and clean water for students at schools.
Education is a lifetime investment.
Yet, the Palestinian educational system has extremely alarming statistics. About a third of the Palestinian population today are in education and the illiteracy rate for Palestinians aged 15 and over hasn’t exceeded 3.7 % since 2013. However, the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip has reached 38.8% and 21.1% poverty in Gaza & the West Bank.
And still, EAP believes that education is a solution to poverty and therefore aims to develop needy communities. One of these projects include: The ‘Needy Student Fund’ project which helps needy and/or poor students from all ages and backgrounds in completing their academic or vocational learning.
The Needy Student Fund is a new initiative in which EAP aims to invest in six important programmes:
- Orphan Students
Orphan sponsorship is the largest project run by EAP. It sponsors more than 2,269 orphans in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Most orphans aged from 6 to 12 years have either lost their parents during the conflict, accidental procedures and/or natural death. Not to mention, most of these orphans belong to marginalized and destitute families.
By providing children with the highest quality education and security, we aim to tackle the root cause of poverty, empower the upcoming generation and reduce crime and child labor.
- Special Needs Students
This is a unique project offering an enhanced education for students with disabilities and support for students in empowering them with their right to education. We aim to provide them a semblance of a normal life.
At least 20,000 student children are suffering from one or more kinds of disabilities. Some of these are natural, whilst others are psychological due to the unending siege in Palestine.
Special needs students with either a physical or learning disability, are facing many obstacles which prevent them attending school.
At EAP we believe that everyone should have equal access to education; after all, it’s a basic human right. This programme has been designed to support special needs schools by funding salaries for special educational teacher as well as providing any educational aid that supports the cause.
- Children in Need Students
This project is considered one of the most important as it involves the orphans and special needs students facing the direst of conditions.
At EAP, we decided to sponsor and help the 1,000 needy students and families in Palestine. The aim is to help the child starting his academic life to flourish in his academic ventures.
- Higher Education Scholarship (University Education)
Many of the Palestinian students in the West Bank, Gaza and Refugee areas (Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) are facing significant problems when enrolling onto a higher education after completing high school. Hence, paying the tuition cost is important.
EAP designs its programmes with the objective to equip Palestinian youth with the required skills and education to combat poverty and guarantee a brighter future for themselves and their families.