Palestine refugee youth on the path to a bright future

27 May 2021
An instructor and student during a course at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo

Recognizing that education is a human right, one that is fundamental to helping every child achieve their full potential, UNRWA has worked for nearly 70 years to ensure that Palestine refugee children have access to quality education. To that end, the Agency provides basic education through its schools, in addition to specialized vocational training in its training centres to Palestine refugees. In Syria, the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre (DTC) provides young Palestine refugees with a wide array of technical and vocational courses including areas of specialization such as laboratory techniques, carpentry and pharmacy assistance. By providing a wide range of long-term and short-term courses, the Centre equips students with the required skills to enter the labour market while the pursue further specialization.

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Bahttitti was displaced from Yarmouk to Kisweh in rural Damascus. He is enrolled in a banking and financial management course. An ambitious student, Mohammad has developed a passion for trade and marketing and dreams of developing his own project in the future.  “Attending this course at DTC will provide me with a diploma that will help me get a job in one of the banks here in Damascus,” Mohammad said.  Highlighting the importance of the diploma awarded to the graduates, the young student added, “My brothers also benefited from the same training at DTC and they are now working. This diploma is well recognized in the country!”

An instructor and student during a course at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo
An instructor and student during a course at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo

Nineteen-year-old Baraa Husein, a young female student enrolled in a mechatronics course at DTC, explains why she decided to specialize in that field. “Mechatronics is in demand in a world in which mechanics and electronics are absolutely intertwined. This opens up career opportunities and will provide me with excellent tools for growing both on a personal and professional level,” Baraa said.

 

A mechatronics course in action at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre, Syria. ©2020 UNRWA photo
A mechatronics course in action at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre, Syria. ©2020 UNRWA photo

For Aya Jadou’, another DTC student, joining a clothing technology course that will enable her to open her own workshop upon graduation from DTC. “The well-earned reputation of the Centre prompted me to take this course and will help me fulfill my dream of being a fashion designer,” she said.  “The course nurtures talent and allows students to develop their creative skills in fashion design technology. This will facilitate progression into employment!” Aya concluded, enthusiastically.   

A student sewing a garment at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo
A student sewing a garment at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5.7 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

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