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In the framework of Germany’s continuing support to Jordan, Mr. Christian Schaub, Country Director of KfW (German Development Bank), and Ms. Bana Kaloti, Regional Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), signed a financing agreement today on a project aiming at supporting access to quality education and generating livelihood opportunities in Jordan. On behalf of the German Government EUR 10 million of grant financing will be made available for labour-intensive school maintenance.. The signing ceremony was attended by H.E. Secretary General of Ministry of Education (MoE), Mr. Sami Salaitah, and Dr. Rachel Folz, Senior Policy Advisor for Partnership for Prospects from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
In particular, the project will focus on providing maintenance and cleaning of schools located in communities that host the highest number of refugees. The project’s approach is to provide cash for work opportunities for both vulnerable Jordanian citizens as well as the Syrian refugees living in host communities. . Being implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Social Development and school authorities, the project will offer 4,000 work opportunities with 200,000 days of work. Project activities will take place in Amman, Irbid, Mafraq, Balqa, Ajloun and Ma’an Governorates.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the project, representatives of the MoE highlighted the importance of this project with the KfW and UNOPS, given its focus on one of the Ministry’s main targets, which is the provision of safe and adequate learning environments. MoE representatives indicated that such initiatives are highly aligned with the MoE’s Education Strategic Plan which sets a target of maintaining 800 schools annually to help to mitigate some of the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Mr. Christian Schaub, KfW Country Director, underlined the long-lasting and fruitful cooperation with the Government of Jordan in the field of education, stating that „education and employment are important focal areas of the German Jordanian Financial Cooperation. KfW has, amongst others, financed the construction of 37 schools, the provision of informal education as well as teacher salaries. This new project complements our joint activities with the Government of Jordan and will contribute to the improvement of learning conditions through the provision of basic maintenance and cleaning to public schools.“
This labour intensive cash for work project targets poverty and unemployment providing short employment opportunities to vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees, ensuring 20% women participation. The project will increase employment opportunities and will enhance access to longer-term employment opportunities through training and hands on experience.
Reflecting on the partnership, Ms. Bana Kaloti, UNOPS Regional Director for Middle East and Director and Representative in Jordan, said that „UNOPS places high importance on partnerships that allow it to continue to support Jordan and its people as they continue to provide refuge to those most in need.“
KfW finances investments and advisory services on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Financial Cooperation started in the 1960s with a main focus on education and employment as well as water and sanitation. The ongoing and envisaged projects in Jordan amount to about 1.3 billion EUR. More information on KfW Development Bank is available at: www.kfw-entwicklungsbank.de/International-financing/KfW-Entwicklungsbank/
UNOPS has been supporting the Government of Jordan’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside of refugee camps.
The Government of Jordan now hosts over 671,000 registered Syrian refugees and estimates over 1.4 million Syrians in total in the Country.