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Palestinians: Remote Education

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 149822, tabled on 5 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to monitor self-learning educational materials distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency to Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza.

Answered on

15 February 2021

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

The FCDO monitors UNRWA's self-learning material via different tools including programme monitoring and annual assessments to assess UNRWA's implementation of the curriculum framework.  This ensures lessons taught with UNRWA self-learning materials are in line with UN values.

Original answer

The UK Government has zero tolerance to incitement of violence, and we have raised this issue with UNRWA. FCDO monitors UNRWA's performance via programme monitoring and annual assessments to ensure it continues to deliver quality services.

We contacted UNRWA directly regarding this issue and understand that as soon as the mistake was identified, UNRWA took swift action to correct the issue and conducted a thorough review to identify and address any education materials in breach of its policies.

We continue to monitor the situation to ensure self-learning materials remain in line with UN values.