AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians rages on, the status of education in Palestine shows a mixed picture.
According to UNESCO, the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 96 percent of Palestinians over the age of 15 can read and write, making them among the most literate people in the world. But many students aren’t able to attend college because they can’t afford it.
To honor and help these students, Run 4 Palestine will take place in 21 cities worldwide Saturday, August 13. In Austin it is being hosted by The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights.
Haithem El-Zabri, ICPR Acting Coordinator, sat down with KXAN to talk about the race and the obstacles it hopes to alleviate for students.
“It’s not really athletic competition as much as it is a community event to show solidarity and raise awareness and raise funds for those scholarships,” he said.
Last year groups were able to give 100 scholarships to Palestinian students out of 1,500 applications. This year, El-Zabri said the hope is to give out double that amount.
Every student who has received a scholarship is listed on the Reach Education Fund. Anyone looking to donate is encouraged to log on and read their stories.
Run 4 Palestine will start at 9 a.m. at Old Settlers Park. It includes a 2.5K walk and a 5K run along with a children’s play area, board games and Middle Eastern food.