Syrian refugee training program launched in EJC

تم نشره في Sun 30 March / Mar 2014. 06:18 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 30 March / Mar 2014. 06:27 PM
  • Visitors listen to a presentation on the center’s activities by Emma Bonar, Education Manager at the Norwegian Refugee Council (Photo courtesy of NRC)

AZRAQ/AMMAN — A youth training center that will provide a range of informal technical and vocational training courses for Syrian refugee youth in the Emirati–Jordanian Camp in Mraijib Al Fhoud was inaugurated by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and UNICEF on Sunday.

The center was inaugurated in the presence of the UAE Ambassador in Amman Abdullah Al Ameri, British Ambassador to Jordan Peter Millett, UNICEF Jordan Representative RozanneChorlton, and NRC Country Director a.i. Robert Beer.

The program, supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), is drawing considerable attention with more than 250 youth, aged between 16 and 32, already enrolled prior to the official opening date.  

Youth are too often marginalised and forgotten in emergencies. That’s why NRC has specialised programs that directly engage youth and their communities to enhance both their skills and personal capacities,” Beer said in a statement.

Syrian youth and adolescents are desperately in need of things to do and safe places to do them in. Opportunities that offer vocational training and build their life skills can help them make the most of an extremely tough situation. These programs arecrucial in ensuring they can better deal with their experiences of conflict and displacement,” said Rozanne Chorlton.

The program includes several training disciplines, including tailoring, electrical wiring, IT and business skills, as well as supporting classes in Arabic, mathematics and lifeskills. Several entrepreneurial skills such as office management and marketing are also taught.The program also offers classes in sports, arts, handcrafts, and gardening, and has a library dedicated to its students.

NRC is replicating many of its Zaatari informal education functions in the EJC refugee camp to cater to one of the most vulnerable groups within the refugee community,” Beer said.

More than 1,000 students have benefited from the NRC-UNICEF Youth program in Zaatari, since its inception in early 2013.  These programsaim to offer an environment that gives a sense of normality, purpose and hope to vulnerable youth who are forced to live in refugee camps.