DOHA: Qatar Charity has laid the cornerstone of a project to build a school for girls at a cost of around QR5.4m in BeitLahia, north of the Gaza Strip, in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The project, Al Shaimaa Secondary School for Girls, is expected to benefit 1,920 students, said a release. Spreading over a total area of 5,000sqm, the school will have 36 rooms, of which 24 will be classrooms and the rest will be used as laboratories and management rooms.

The cornerstone was laid during a ceremony, which was attended by Dr ZiadThabet, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education, Izz Al-Din Al-Dahnoun, Mayor of BeitLahia, Salah Abu Wardah, Governor of the northern Gaza Strip, and a large number of prominent figures and the residents of the neighbourhood.

At the opening of the ceremony, Mohammed Abu Haloub, Director of QC’s office in the Gaza Strip said: “I am pleased to announce that the cost of building and furnishing Al Shaimaa Secondary School for Girls in BeitLahia will be covered by the people in Qatar who love Palestine,” noting that the project will cost around QR 5.4m.

He added that, in partnership with the Qatar Cyclists Club and under the umbrella of Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Charity has garnered the support for this project as part of the “Cyclists for Education” initiative, which was launched more than two years ago.

Salah Abu Wardah, governor of the northern Gaza Strip, expressed his pleasure over the Qatari support and QC’s efforts in various sectors in the Gaza Strip, particularly in the field of education.

Addressing those attended the ceremony, DrZiadThabet, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education said:

“Despite the difficult conditions and the ongoing siege experienced by the Gaza Strip, we see our brothers from Qatar providing us with support and assistance at the level of individuals and institutions.”

He also pointed out that Gaza needs to build 30 new schools because of the increase in the number of students. Thabet also thanked Qatar Charity as well as Qatari Emir, government, and people for their continued support for Palestine.