UNRWA opens new school in Nuzha
The Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan Roger Davies and the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Alice Wells opened today the newly constructed American-funded school in Nuzha.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador Wells said: “Education is a cornerstone of the essential services that UNRWA provides to 120,000 Palestinians refugees students in Jordan, and more than 500,000 in this region. The United States government is proud to be a part of this effort.”
The newly constructed school follows the latest UNRWA standards and replaces three unsafe buildings. The three old school buildings were constructed some 50 years ago on a large compound adjacent to the Agency’s area office. Signs of dilapidation were clearly visible. A number of outbuilding facilities were located in the same compound to house the science laboratory and other school activities, some of which were not in use due to the severity of the deterioration.
Thanking the US Ambassador for the donation, Mr. Davies said: “The new school building ensures a protective and safe environment for the children to study in, with internal latrines, fully rehabilitated playing grounds, heightened boundary walls, access for persons with disabilities, and guaranteed free movement inside the school.” He added: “Currently, the new school serves 2,019 students, with the capacity to accommodate up to 2,500 students. In addition to providing a vastly improved educational environment, the expected savings resulting from the construction of this new school is approximately US$ 100,000 per year in running costs and maintenance expenses. Additionally, through this construction, one elementary school in Nuzha will now be able to operate on a single-shift basis with the reallocation of students within the school compounds, which is in line with the Agency’s efforts to respond to the challenge of schools operating on double shift.”
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 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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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