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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
5 December 2012

UNRWA exhibits photos by young Palestine refugees, inaugurates new building at Amman training centre

مسابقة الأونروا للتصوير لشباب اللاجئين الفلسطينيين وافتتاح المبنى الجديد لقسم التجميل في مركز تدريب عمان

5 December 2012
Amman, Jordan

Today Marta Colburn, Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, opened an UNRWA photography exhibition by young Palestine refugees and inaugurated the new cosmetology building at the Agency’s Amman Training Centre.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Colburn said,  “It gives me great pleasure today to celebrate the creativity of budding young Palestine refugee photographers who have shown us that hope and vision is a central defining characteristic of the Palestinian people.

“This essential quality is the foundation for a positive future to achieve their dreams and hopes. The proverb 'A picture speaks a thousand words’ symbolises the opening of this photo exhibit which portrays the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.

“The Agency selected the venue for today’s events in order to celebrate the unity of hope and vision and hard work, the efforts of the students in this cosmetology program at ATC.

“Today is a special day as we recognise the efforts of young Palestine refugees in both their creative vision and hard work to build a better future for themselves, their communities and their people.”

Change the Picture

A photo by Samar Abu Elouf, a young Palestine refugee living in Gaza, of smiling children enjoying a frugal and modest birthday party at Beach refugee camp in northern Gaza caught the eyes of judges and earned the top prize at this year’s photo competition for young Palestine refugees, organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with the financial support of the European Union.

The top three photographs, all submitted by refugees in the Gaza Strip, were announced at East Jerusalem’s Yabous Cultural Centre last month. The exhibition also showcased a selection of additional entries portraying the lives of Palestine refugees across all of UNRWA’s fields of operation: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Cosmetology section at UNRWA’s Amman Training Center

The Cosmetology section graduated the first cadre of 15 female students in 1971. The vocational training program graduates about 30 female students every year from a two-year program qualifying students in different cosmetology skills and knowledge. As a result of the market demand on the graduates, the Agency started in 2012 the provision of one-year intensive course in cosmetology.

Since 1971, the section has operated in spaces that made the everyday training for the instructors and the students a challenging task. Now, the move to a separate building inside the Amman Training Center campus, this section will enable more privacy for trainees, instructors and clients. It will also facilitate intensifying the training as it provides more spaces for daily training activities and consequently more students to practice their newly acquired professional skills.

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Background information

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

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund, supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit.

For more information, please contact: 

Anwar Abu Sakieneh
UNRWA Public Information Officer in Jordan
Office: 00-962-6-5809136
Cell: -00962-79-5671888

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