Azraq, Jordan, 19 August 2015: The US Ambassador to Jordan, Alice G. Wells, accompanied by UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins, inaugurated today a remedial education centre and a water borehole in Azraq refugee camp at an event attended by the Ministry of Education, Water Authority of Jordan, Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, Relief International and World Vision.
Opened in 2014, Azraq is the second largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with over 21,000 refugees. With Za’atari camp reaching maximum capacity, the population in Azraq is expected to continue increasing with all new arrivals and relocation from communities being directed to the camp.
“This is a great day to champion the necessity of education for all students, and to recognize the great assistance to the people of Syria being made by the Government and people of Jordan, the United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and many others,”said the US Ambassador, Alice G. Wells.
The new remedial education center managed by UNICEF’s partner Relief International aims at helping over 1,300 girls and boys having difficulties performing in certain subjects, in addition to children from newly arrived families who enrolled late to the formal school. The centre will also support extra classes for students in the camp preparing for the Tawjihiexams.
The centre will ultimately become a place that will not only provide remedial education, but also adopt the Makani approach, providing children and youth with informal education opportunities, psychosocial support services and life skills education.
“Education is key to preventing a lost generation of Syrian children and youth, and I must acknowledge the effort and commitment of the Government of Jordan, and the continued support from the US government and other donors, in ensuring that Syrian children, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, do not lose out on their education,” said the UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins.
“As Azraq continues to expand, it is critical that key basic services including water and sanitation continues to improve and become cost efficient and sustainable. The water borehole inaugurated today will not only cut water supply operation costs by 50 per cent, but also have the capacity to support water supply to over 30,000 people,” Jenkins added.
Water is currently trucked from 45 km outside the camp. The new borehole is located 2.5 km from the nearest water storage area inside the camp. In addition to reducing water transportation costs, it will also help in contributing to environment conservation and improved living environment. With no electricity in the camp to power room coolers, camp residents also use water to cool themselves during the heat wave the country is currently facing.
The remedial education centre and borehole in Azraq Refugee camp was constructed by the U.S. Government.
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