International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

An Arabic language teacher and his students in their West Bank classroom
Photo: Ned Colt/IRC

The International Rescue Committeee is currently working with Palestinian youth. In West Bank schools, we are helping to ensure Palestinian students receive the highest quality education possible through the use of our "Healing Classrooms" curriculum. 

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How We Help

  • The IRC's innovative Healing Classrooms program trains teachers in special techniques that help them engage traumatized kids and create a secure and nurturing learning environment.  
  • In 2011, the IRC partnered with UK-based "Bidna Capoeira." Capoeira — a blend of music and physical activity — was taught to dozens of Palestinian children during their summer vacation.
  • The IRC has also provided emergency support to hospitals in the Gaza Strip in late 2008 during fighting between Hamas and Israel.
October 28, 2013 | Blog
Our program may be comparatively small and new by IRC standards, but I believe our team is making a big difference to Palestinian children in the West Bank. In two years, we have already reached 7,000 primary school children.
September 14, 2011 | Blog
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