Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Delegation Visits UNRWA Vocational Training Centre in Gaza to Launch a New Solar Power Course

27 November 2019
The GIZ delegation accompanied by UNRWA senior staff meets with female trainees of the “Installation and Maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic Systems” course at the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan.

On 23 October, the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre (GTC) welcomed a delegation from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a long-time a strategic partner of the Agency. As UNRWA continues to develop its vocational training programmes to improve the chances of Palestine refugees to compete in local labour markets, UNRWA – with GIZ support - has been able to provide innovative sector training, such as installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems.

The GIZ delegation visited the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre where they met with the female cohort of the newly developed solar energy training course in a newly equipped workshop funded under the GIZ Gaza Resilience Project. Inspiring young Palestine refugee women shared their aspirations and expectations for the future with the delegation. They also discussed GIZ’s current partnership with UNRWA and further possibilities for cooperation in the future.

The GIZ delegation together with UNRWA senior staff unveil the project plaque in front of the newly established solar energy laboratory at the UNRWA Gaza Training Centre © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan.

Michaela Baur, Head of Department for Europe, Mediterranean and Central Asia at GIZ said, “I am very happy about our strong and strategic partnership with UNRWA and the innovative ways we are working together to enhance the chances of youth – and especially of young women - to compete in the labour market and to nurture entrepreneurship. I am impressed by the young women we met today and their ambition to develop professionally and to work in what often is considered male-dominated professions. We should support them as much as we can, and I wish them best of luck!”

The Government of Germany has been a strong partner to the Agency. In 2018 alone, Germany contributed US$ 177.4 million to the Agency, helping to provide life-saving and development services to Palestine refugees across the Middle East. In 2019, Germany contributions amounted to US$ 100 million so far (as of mid-October).