UNRWA Holds Fourth School Parliament and Human Rights Activities in Irbid Camp

20 May 2014
UNRWA Holds Fourth School Parliament and Human Rights Activities in Irbid Camp


On 19 May, Deputy Director of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Operations in Jordan Dorothee Klaus opened the Fourth School Parliament and Human Rights Activities at Yarmouk Hall in Irbid camp.

In her remarks, Ms. Klaus said: “The Declaration of Human Rights carries a deep message of respect and dignity and justice, basic rights that all humankind should honour when dealing with each other and that can be claimed by all humankind. Dignity and respect – these are two elements that talk so clearly to all Palestine refugees and that have be become embedded in the Palestinian collective consciousness and identity.”

Some 80 students from fourteen UNRWA schools in Irbid were engaged in discussions about various human rights issues. 

The students presented three papers related to human rights themes. Irbid town schools presented a paper about peace; Irbid camp schools tackled the right to education; and Husn camp schools focused on combating violence. 

Besides discussing the papers, the students presented activities, such as Palestinian and Jordanian folkloric songs, dances, a theatrical performance and a PowerPoint presentation. 

At the end of the conference, the students came up with a number of recommendations.

UNRWA has been engaged in the teaching of human rights for 14 years in its schools. The human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance (HRCRT) programme seeks to empower Palestine refugees, encouraging them to enjoy and exercise their rights, uphold the rights of others and contribute to their society in a positive way.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
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