Nick Turse
IRIN Middle East | OPT: Blockade frustrates Gaza students 
From a new IRIN report:
The four-year blockade has particularly affected youths aged 18-24,  limiting access to higher education, academic exchanges and professional  development, says Gaza’s education ministry. About 65 percent of Gaza’s  1.6 million people are under 25, according to UN estimates.  “Higher education in all its forms is absolutely critical to a  functioning society and the creation of a future Palestinian state,” UN  Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Max  Gaylard told IRIN, and “to maintain a necessary level of skills in  professional sectors, like medicine and engineering.”  Gaza’s unemployment rate - nearly 50 percent according to the  Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) - indicates dire  prospects for the rapidly growing and youthful population.

IRIN Middle East | OPT: Blockade frustrates Gaza students

From a new IRIN report:

The four-year blockade has particularly affected youths aged 18-24, limiting access to higher education, academic exchanges and professional development, says Gaza’s education ministry. About 65 percent of Gaza’s 1.6 million people are under 25, according to UN estimates.

“Higher education in all its forms is absolutely critical to a functioning society and the creation of a future Palestinian state,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Max Gaylard told IRIN, and “to maintain a necessary level of skills in professional sectors, like medicine and engineering.”

Gaza’s unemployment rate - nearly 50 percent according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) - indicates dire prospects for the rapidly growing and youthful population.