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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
27 April 2009


PRESS RELEASE
27 April 2009

German Ambassador Opens UNRWA School in Wihdat Camp


Amman, 27 April 2009

Amman – His Excellency Mr Joachim Heidorn, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, today inaugurated a girls’ school building in Wihdat Camp, constructed and equipped through a contribution of US$1.3m from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The new building replaces two old deteriorated structures and provides better facilities that are more conducive to the teaching and learning process.

Accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, Mr Richard Cook, the ambassador toured the new building and visited the girls and teachers in their classrooms.

Expressing his deepest appreciation for the generous contribution, Mr Cook said that the new school building provides better access to quality education and learning opportunities for the 1,800 girls who use the school on a double shift basis.

Germany, one of UNRWA’s largest donors, has provided over US$12m to the Agency in 2009 for both its General Fund and Special Projects.

In Jordan, the Agency runs 174 schools providing ten grades of basic education to some 124,000 boys and girls.

UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development agency providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to up to 4.6 million registered refugees living in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. In Jordan, the Agency caters for 1.9m refugees.


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For more information please contact:

Matar Saqer
Public Information Officer
UNRWA/Jordan
Tel.: 5809100 Ext. 146
Mobile: 079-5605553



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