The project was launched for the first time in 2020
Since its inception in 2020, the UNRWA Information Technology Service Center has grown 20 times its original size, with 120 staff members working within the center today.
And it happened this year Reopens the center in its modern offices in Gaza With the participation of the Deputy Commissioner – General of UNRWA.
The project aims to empower the digital generation of Palestinian refugees
and say Hani Kurdiyeh, Director of the UNRWA Information Technology Centerfor the United Nations News website:The project is part of UNRWA’s digital transformation policy It aims to empower the digital generation of Palestinian refugees By providing advanced information technology services Through partnership with various United Nations institutions“.
Kurdish adds:The center provides young people with the necessary training and professional development, This provides jobs with different contracts. Young people can keep working Or apply for more and better opportunities at different institutions“.
The project allows Palestinian youth to discover their skills
Mai Obeid joined the UNRWA Information Technology Service Center, She spoke to United News about her experience, saying:This place enhances the experience very highly, And theIt supports the character and lets us discuss very important issues, And theEspecially if we work and reflect an image of the Gaza Strip and the experiences and skills of the youth of Gaza“.
She continues:In the light of unemployment In the Gaza Strip We always try to reflect the good picture Increasing youth productivity in the Gaza Strip“.
Mai Obeid, who is pursuing her master’s degree in computer science, strives to obtain an advanced career position in her work at the UNRWA Information Technology Center.
She says:I’m trying to develop myself more to get a better position, I strive to develop larger projects in partnership between UNRWA and the United Nations International Computer Center“.
66% of Gaza’s population are refugees
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 66 percent of the population of the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged by Israel for more than 15 years, are refugees.
More than half of the Gaza Strip’s population lives below the poverty line, reaching 53%, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, which also saw an increase in unemployment rates of 47%.
The Gaza Strip is suffering from an ongoing power outage crisis
Ali Al-Razi, one of the young Palestinians who joined the center, says: “The signed partnership BUNRWA and the United Nations International Computer Center, It gave us a workspace to play the biggest role“.
Al-Razi added:Electricity was always available to us. Despite the power outages in the Gaza Strip, the internet is also provided with high quality. And theThis space empowers us and our colleagues – and grows bigger every day Our team is more and more than we can do our job very satisfactory. There is great satisfaction from the United Nations International Computer Center“.
Unique experience Young people working in the Information Technology Center experience this
In an interview with the United Nations News website, Al-Razi said: “Our youth today offer a unique and good experience, and it is a success story for them in the light of all the circumstances in which we live, because we provides a live model for providing better quality service.“.
The center is getting bigger Information Technology Recruitment Agency in Gaza
UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Lenny Steinseth said: “The UNRWA Information Technology Service Center has become the largest IT employer in Gaza, contributing to the provision of livelihoods in the strip.”
“The establishment of the service center is very much in line with the agency’s strategic goal of modernizing and digitizing its services, business processes and information management systems, and it is very exciting to think of this IT center as a small Silicon Valley in Gaza. , ”Stenseth said.
The Center will provide information technology services, the latest information technology services, and will provide effective information technology solutions in the five operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, in addition to United Nations organizations around the world.
The services provided by the center include the development of web and mobile applications, and design UI / UXCyber security, infrastructure operations and software quality assurance.
The project contributes to the achievement of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals
“Having a modern IT center is in line with the Agency’s goal of empowering the digital generation of Palestinian refugees,” said Kan Setinturk, Chief Information Officer and Director of IT. “Gaza is full of skilled, educated and motivated IT graduates and this IT service center has created a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the potential of the youth in Gaza and improve their capabilities.
“By investing in the human capital of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and we need the support of all donors and the private sector to be part of this successful journey,” he said. Cetinturk added.