Palestinian Popular Committees yesterday called on UNRWA to explain how funding, earmarked to improve the educational conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanese camps, was actually being spent.
A source close to the committees said Japan had already granted approximately $1m, but improvements in the physical conditions at schools or curricula have yet to materialise.
“The reconstruction programme in the social affairs department has been put on hold for several months. Similarly, the infrastructure plans inside the camps have not yet started, despite promises from UNRWA officials,” the source said.
The committees called on the European Union and donor countries to impose some sort of controls over the destination of funds that are being granted to refugees.
The source said that the educational situation in the camps is continually deteriorating.
It claimed that UNRWA was doing nothing to help.
The source added that school buildings were not being maintained, classrooms were too small to accommodate the growing number of students, and heating and lighting were poor because electricity bills were not being paid in full.
The source noted that some classrooms required urgent repair as the rain over the past few days had leaked through the roof.
Many classes had to be suspended because of the mess.
“A maintenance team came two days ago and checked the roofs of the schools and prepared a report on the damage.
“Wasn’t it UNRWA’s duty to repair all of the damage during the summer before the beginning of the school year?” the source said.
Palestinians have repeatedly called on the organisation to upgrade services, especially in the health domain.