EU commits 10 million euros to boost education for refugee children in Jordan

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AMMAN – The European Union (EU) has announced that will fund UNICEF Jordan over the next two years with 10 million euros, aimed at enhancing the education and well-being of vulnerable children and youth. This funding will particularly focus on improving the inclusivity, learning, and overall welfare of children in Makani centers and schools located in refugee camps.اضافة اعلان

This partnership, operating under the title "Education and Makani Programs for Vulnerable Syrian and Host Community Children in Jordan," will specifically target the delivery of high-quality education for more than 36,000 children and adolescents living in Syrian refugee camps. Additionally, around 9,000 vulnerable children and youth of various nationalities in Jordan, including Syrians, will benefit from a comprehensive package of learning support, child protection services, and skills development within Makani centers.

H.E. Pierre-Christophe Chatzisavas, the EU Ambassador to Jordan, expressed the significance of this initiative, stating, “We are reaffirming our strong and valued partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF that has spanned over the past decade. With this new program worth 10 million EURO, we want to ensure access to education for 45,000 Syrian refugee and Jordanian students in camp schools and Makani centers. Youth is our most important wealth.”

Philippe Duamelle, the UNICEF Representative to Jordan, emphasized the critical role of the EU's support, stating, “We are grateful for the continued support of the European Union to help us provide vulnerable children and young people in Jordan with the learning, skills, and protection they need to build a successful future.”

The Makani program, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, aims to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children and adolescents in Jordan through a network of centers offering integrated services, including early childhood development, child protection, learning, adolescent and youth engagement, and skills building. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF also works on strengthening the resilience of Jordan’s education system to accommodate Syrian refugees and provide quality education in public schools.

In an interview with Jordan News, UNICEF added “Over the next two years, 45,000 children of all nationalities will benefit from essential services provided by UNICEF and partners. This includes an integrated package of social protection services delivered through Makani centers throughout Jordan, while Syrian refugee children living in camps will benefit from improved provision of quality education.”

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