Belgian representative participates in inauguration of PA school funded by EU
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Education: The birth of the Defiance 6 School”
"[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam today, Wednesday [Oct. 18, 2017], inaugurated Defiance 6 Co-ed Elementary School in the Wadi Al-Sik area, east of the village of Deir Debwan in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district – and this was funded by the European Union.
Participating in the opening were District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Representative of the Belgian [Development] Cooperation Institution Eric De Muynck, Director of International Relations and Public Relations in the [PA] Ministry of Education Nadim Sami, Director of the Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Bassem Erekat, and representative of the Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Abdallah Abu Rahma…
The minister of education emphasized that this school comes as part of a series of schools for defiance and resolve that the ministry has established in areas being targeted by the occupation (i.e., area C under Israeli jurisdiction where building is illegal without a permit –Ed.) He emphasized that the building of these schools in these regions conveys a message to the whole world that emphasizes the sanctity of education in the eyes of all Palestinians and the students' determination to continue studying, despite the difficult conditions they are experiencing in the shadow of the occupation and settlement.
He also noted that the building of this school took 24 hours, 'and this is a miracle, and you see our children, who number 80 male and female students, and other students will join them.'"
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In the picture accompanying the article the symbol of the European Union can be seen on a sign on the front of the school building. PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam is seen giving a speech in the picture, at a podium draped with the Palestinian flag.
In second photo, Representative of the Belgian Development Cooperation Institution Eric De Muynck is seen at the event (3rd from left) standing next to PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam. (4th and 5th from left)
The 3rd photo shows a sign saying:
"The State of Palestine
Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Education
TheDefiance Co-ed Elementary School number 6, Ramallah"
In fourth photo the school can be seen from a distance.
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