File - Palestinian school children walk in front of the UNRWA offices at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Children ran home from school through the winding streets and alleyways of the Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian Camp in Beirut as shops and vegetable markets bustled with afternoon trade.UNRWA, the U.N. agency tasked with providing services to Palestinians, educates more than 38,000 students at 68 schools across Lebanon; however funding shortages and a rising population of refugees has put strain on their resources. In the dialogue sessions, one issue that was raised was that some schools are forced to field classes larger than 50 . Darkazally accepted that there may be isolated cases of this, but said that UNRWA has always investigated such cases and rectified any that are found. She pointed out that there is often a significant difference between the number of students registered in a class and the number that actually attend. Many of the issues being raised by the education committee involve improving communication and clarifying misconceptions about the state of schools for Palestinians. There is a persistent fear that UNRWA could turn over administration of its schools to another authority.
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