UNRWA and PalTel Group inaugurate two training courses in communications and IT

03 April 2012

3 April 2012
East Jerusalem, West Bank

UNRWA West Bank and PalTel launched two workshops in mobile phone maintenance and information technology (IT) at the Kalandia Training Centre today, an activity that falls in line with the comprehensive tertiary education reform implemented by UNRWA in the West Bank “towards a confident and self-reliant youth”. Present at the launch were Felipe Sanchez, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, and Mr. Ammar Akder, PalTel CEO.

During the ceremony, Sanchez took the opportunity to thank PalTel for their contribution, consisting of rehabilitation of workshops, provision of furniture and equipment, capacity-building for instructors, curriculum development, and on-the-job training for trainers. “Youth represent the future human capital of society, and investment in youth is an investment in the future”, he added. Mr. Aker explained that this contribution falls within the PalTel Foundation’s corporate responsibility towards Palestinian society, adding: “It is important to invest in education and to rehabilitate youth to face the challenges of the labour market”.

The overall objective of the tertiary education reform is to equip young refugees with vocational skills which enhance their employment opportunities. Vocational training is seen as an important youth development and poverty alleviation tool, delivered under the human development goal of allowing refugees to achieve “a decent standard of living”. The two workshops will target 180 students over three years, who will benefit from trade courses in mobile phone maintenance, telecommunications, English, and entrepreneurship skills, as well as improved curriculum and enhanced on-the-job-training for trainees through placements with PalTel group companies.

Background information

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for nearly 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.

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Ilona Kassissieh
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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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