Wrote by: Lana Hijazi
Safe Areas for Emergency Education in Gaza Strip Project” is a project held by Save the Children Organization and the PCDCR, and is funded by Rota. This project is founded to help provide education and support to children in the troubled city of Gaza Strip. One of the main concerns of the project is the impact of war and destruction on Gaza’s youth, and the emotional and psychological effects of these events on an entire generation of children.
Children lack the ability to understand what is going around them and therefore fail to handle it and deal with it. Which, in many cases, cause them psychological problems that shows up in their behavior and the way they deal with the world around them.

Abdul-Aziz is among those children. He is a 10 years old boy, who lives in Um Al Nasser zone in Gaza strip. This zone was affected badly during the latest Israeli attack in December, 2008. As for Abdul-Aziz, he developed an aggressive personality which also affected his interest in school.

Teachers at “Safe Areas for Emergency Education in Gaza Strip Project” noticed Abdul-Aziz attitude, which was also reflected adversely on some of his class mates. Therefore, the teachers took several steps in order to help Abdul-Aziz both in his studies and the reshaping of his personality.

Abdul-Aziz was assigned to be his class leader, a position which required that he helps with organizing the class and help the teachers with some simple tasks. Teachers believed that this will encourage the boy to maintain a decent behavior and set a good example for his class mates. In addition, they paid extra care and attention in order to help him with his school work. All the hard work paid off, and as a result, Abdul-Aziz showed a great improvement at his studies. And as a class leader, he was a good influence on his class mates