Engaging with the youth of Syria

Vocational training in Homs, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad

#Syria5Years

Youth are the backbone and the future of every community. More than ever in a time of conflict, the world needs to keep investing in Syria’s youth, and help build the country’s future.


To mitigate the impact of the war on youth’s well-being and opportunities, UNRWA:

Ensures access to counselling, integrated education, recreational activities and career guidance

Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad

Read more about our work to build youth resilience in Syria

Provides various courses to improve their skills through its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme

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Partners with the European Union, which generously contributed EUR 7.3 million (US$ 9.7 million) in support of Palestine refugee youth programmes in Syria over the last 4 years


Palestinian youth tell us their priorities

Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad provision of training workshops Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad financial support to launch their own business Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad financial support to pursue higher education
Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad provision of job opportunities Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad earn an income and support their families Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad return to their hometown and participate in its reconstruction

Engaging Youth Project

Engaging Youth

The Engaging Youth (EY) project, offers continuing education, career guidance, business development and life-skills to Palestinian youth between the ages of 17 and 33. Engaging Youth is designed to bolster their resilience to cope with the devastations resulting from the crisis. The EU has been the main supporter of this project since 2012. To date, it has contributed EUR 7.3 million (US$ 9.7 million).


Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

UNRWA has been running its TVET programme since 1961. Despite the on-going war in Syria, the Palestinian youth are still acquiring marketable vocational skills. UNRWA provides them with a range of vocational short-term training courses and long-term courses, business development and youth development courses, as well as career guidance. Today, the agency has adjusted its TVET programme to meet the realities in the country and the market needs.

Chart of TVET courses

Promoting entrepreneurship

Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad UNRWA helps Palestinian youth widen their career opportunities, including through self-employment as an alternative to waged employment. Through information and awareness campaigns, students learn about entrepreneurship. Prospective entrepreneurs have access to a series of Entrepreneurship Trainings and Advice Services on the skills required to successfully start–up a small scale business.

Career guidance

Damascus Training Centre, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad With funding from the European Union, UNRWA runs 10 career guidance points in its Youth Centres. Young jobseekers learn to plan their careers, write their resumes and develop interview skills. In the centres, they can learn about employment opportunities and sign up for job fairs.

Youth clubs and recreational spaces

Prior to the conflict, the Agency ran 12 youth centres in Syria. Currently, ten remain in use. These centres offer an estimated 17,300 young Palestinians a choice of cultural, artistic, and sports activities, through which they can develop their own projects and initiatives, cultivate interpersonal skills, and learn to become advocates for their needs within the community.


Facts & Figures

510,000 of the 560,000 Palestine refugees who were registered with UNRWA in Syria at the onset of the crisis rely on the Agency for emergency assistance
430,000 out of the 450,000 Palestine refugees estimated to remain in Syria rely on UNRWA food and cash assistance to meet their minimum needs
38 % of the total number of Palestinian refugee families from Syria who have fled to Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt are headed by women
US$ 414 million is what UNRWA is appealing for to support Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in 2016! Donate now, every dollar counts.
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