Jordan: A Second Chance for Highly Vulnerable Refugee Youth
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is conducting an 18-month pilot project to deliver education and vocational training to the most vulnerable youth – the chronically poor, school drop-outs and low achievers – in the Irbid refugee camp in northern Jordan.
The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and focuses on innovative vocational training courses delivered in the camp itself and designed to meet local job market gaps. Three to six months courses will be developed to provide young refugees with basic skills and qualifications to enter the labour market. Where possible, job placement will follow the training. Enrolment into these courses does not require stringent academic pre-qualifications from target students.
The Irbid project is part of a wider UNRWA Jordan youth strategy designed to build the capacity of Palestinian refugees from early childhood to adulthood. Fifty-six per cent of Palestinian refugees are under the age of 25.
For more information, please contact:
Jens Laerke, OCHA, 0020195 558 662,