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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
16 June 2010

UNRWA Unveils a New Danish-Funded School in Yarmouk

Damascus -- The Ambassador of Denmark to Syria, Ms Christina Markus Lassen, today inaugurated a new school building in Yarmouk Camp. The Malkiyeh/Tarshiha school was built and equipped through a generous donation of USD 1,030,000 from the Danish government.

In her address, Ambassador Lassen highlighted that the opening of this school testifies to the continued commitment of the Danish government to UNRWA and the Palestinian refugees. The Ambassador also added: “The new school will contribute positively to the hopes and aspirations of its students… It will give them the opportunities they deserve.”

Operating on a double-shift system, the school is one of the 118 UNRWA schools in Syria which provides education to 2,500 Palestinian refugee students from Yarmouk, The school’s computer and education resources will also be available to the refugee community in Yarmouk. With UNRWA schools struggling to cope with the rise in enrolments, this new school fulfils an urgent need for more classroom space.

Roger Hearn, director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador and to the Danish government. “Thanks to the generosity of the Danish government, UNRWA students now have access to a school environment conducive to learning and achievement,” noted Mr Hearn. He also thanked the Syrian government for its continued support for UNRWA and for Palestinian refugees.

Welcoming the donation, Mr Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees, thanked the Syrian government for its “generous and reliable” support for the Palestinian refugees in Syria and expressed his hope for continued generosity from the donor community.

The Danish government is one of UNRWA’s largest donors, contributing almost 20 million USD in 2009, and recently collaborating with UNRWA to host the Damascus Circus Show for Palestine refugee children in May 2010.

UNRWA provides education, healthcare, social services, shelter, and micro-credit services to over 470,000 Palestine refugees in Syria

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