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German Delegation Inaugurates New UNRWA School in Talbiyeh Refugee Camp in Jordan
Today, Mr. Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and Mr. Ben Majekodunmi, Chief of Staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), inaugurated the UNRWA Talbiyeh Elementary and Preparatory Boys’ Schools in the Talbiyeh Palestine refugee camp in Jordan.
The new school, which was rehabilitated, extended, furnished and equipped by a generous contribution of the German Government, through KfW Development Bank, under its Regional Programme for Improving the Living Conditions in Palestine Refugee Camps (REPAC), will benefit more than 1,200 Palestine refugee students. In addition to 16 classrooms, the new school features a library, science and computer labs as well as facilities for teachers and a canteen for students.
Mr. Annen and the delegation toured the new building and met with students, teachers, and members of the UNRWA Student Parliament. Interacting with the delegation, students and education staff expressed their excitement about starting the new scholastic year in a positive learning and teaching environment.
Mr. Niels Annen of BMZ stated: "UNRWA has been a key partner for extending German support to Palestine Refugees throughout the region. Improving the living conditions for Palestine refugees, particularly through camp improvement interventions under the REPAC program, is one of the key themes in our cooperation. Today, I am delighted to participate in the inauguration of the new Boys School in Talbiyeh camp and to see so many children benefiting and eager to pursue their education."
Thanking the Federal Government of Germany for its generous contribution, Mr. Ben Majekodunmi said: “We are grateful for Germany’s longstanding support of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees. Germany’s sustained commitment to UNRWA has been a tremendous support to the Agency’s efforts to ensure stability of its operations.”
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Director-General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs, Engineer Rafiq Khirfan, Ms. Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications, and Mr. Olaf Becker, Acting Director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan.
Notes to Editors:
Under REPAC, Germany has supported UNRWA in implementing participatory Camp Improvement Plans (CIP) in Palestine refugee camps in the region as well as in investing in the Agency’s education programme infrastructure. In Jordan, in addition to the construction of four schools in Talbiyeh and Husn camps, benefitting almost 4,000 girls and boys, shelter rehabilitation as well as other camp improvement interventions are being implemented in Talbiyeh, Husn and Jerash, while participatory urban planning processes are also underway with the refugee community of Marka camp.
Germany is the second-largest bilateral donor to UNRWA, having contributed EUR 150 million in 2021. The enduring support of Germany helps UNRWA to continue to provide its essential services to Palestine refugees and to improve their living conditions. With German support for Palestine refugees, UNRWA is contributing to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. Thousands of Palestine refugees who lost both their homes and livelihood because of the 1948 conflict have remained displaced and in need of significant support for over seventy years. UNRWA helps them achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
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