TIPH sponsoring safer path for school children in Tel Rumeida

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) has funded a new stairs and a tiled path for the Palestinian children at Qurtuba School in Tel Rumeida. The background for the project is the hazards the schoolchildren and teachers face when they pass the Israeli settlement of Bait Hadassah every day on their way to school. The school is situated 20 meters from the settlement. (Hebron 06.07.2006)

Hebron 06.07.2006: The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) has funded a new stairs and a tiled path for the Palestinian children at QurtubaSchoolin Tel Rumeida. 

The background for the project is the hazards the schoolchildren and teachers face when they pass the Israeli settlement of Bait Hadassah every day on their way to school. The school is situated 20 meters from the settlement. The TIPH decided to fund the project of building the stairs and the tiled path in coordination with the Qurtuba School, with the goal of enhancing the safety and security of the pupils and teachers.

The project was first proposed by Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, which has also implemented the construction work. The project started in September last year.

The main staircase of the school has been closed with barbed wire by the IDF since 2002. Because of this, the pupils were forced to climb an alternative path consisting of very high, slippery and dangerous stairs, made of big and uneven stones. From these stairs and to the main school entrance, there is an open area with a pathway of approximately 125 meters. 

The workers who built the stairs and path were on several occasions attacked by means of stone throwing. During the last weeks of the building activities the almost finished path was vandalized, and had to be partly rebuilt. 

Mrs. Fryal Abu Heikal, the headmistress of the Qurtuba School, said that the stairs will make the passage of the pupils and teachers of Qurtuba easier during their daily arriving and departures to the school.

‘Since its establishment in 1997 the TIPH has been in continuous cooperation with the Qurtuba School. The TIPH has provided the Qurtuba School with great support such as sun shields, renovation, trips and computer laboratory. TIPH has also been working hard to improve the education and life condition of the pupils of Qurtuba School’, the headmistress said.

Mrs. Heikal expressed that she hoped the cooperation between the TIPH and Qurtuba School will continue.