On 19 May, Deputy Director of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Operations in Jordan Dorothee Klaus opened the Fourth School Parliament and Human Rights Activities at Yarmouk Hall in Irbid camp.
In her remarks, Ms. Klaus said: “The Declaration of Human Rights carries a deep message of respect and dignity and justice, basic rights that all humankind should honour when dealing with each other and that can be claimed by all humankind. Dignity and respect – these are two elements that talk so clearly to all Palestine refugees and that have be become embedded in the Palestinian collective consciousness and identity.”
Some 80 students from fourteen UNRWA schools in Irbid were engaged in discussions about various human rights issues.
The students presented three papers related to human rights themes. Irbid town schools presented a paper about peace; Irbid camp schools tackled the right to education; and Husn camp schools focused on combating violence.
Besides discussing the papers, the students presented activities, such as Palestinian and Jordanian folkloric songs, dances, a theatrical performance and a PowerPoint presentation.
At the end of the conference, the students came up with a number of recommendations.
UNRWA has been engaged in the teaching of human rights for 14 years in its schools. The human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance (HRCRT) programme seeks to empower Palestine refugees, encouraging them to enjoy and exercise their rights, uphold the rights of others and contribute to their society in a positive way.
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, and microfinance.
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 (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68 million.
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