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Street art launches celebration of strong partnership
Amman, February 24. Today, H.E. Dr. Walid Maani, Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Mary Kawar, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and H.E. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, German Ambassador to Jordan, launched the anniversary of 60 years German-Jordanian development cooperation. A community mural -designed by the Jordanian street artist Suhaib Al Attar together with 30 Jordanian and Syrian students of Al Quds Secondary School for Girls was unveiled in a ceremony together with the schoolgirls to symbolically kickoff a year filled with various events to celebrate the anniversary.
German-Jordanian cooperation started already in 1959 with support to the exploration of natural resources in the Kingdom. Ever since, both countries have worked intensively together to promote sustainable development in Jordan – and have achieved significant results in the area of water/wastewater, education, employment promotion, environmental protection and solid waste management. To highlight just one example, 800.000 people living in Jordan’s Northern governorates benefit from improved access to drinking water after the implementation of a water supply project funded by the German government. A wide range of further development projects in Jordan are implemented on behalf of the German Government by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, KfW Development Bank, the Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and several NGOs. In recent years, the focus of the cooperation has been on addressing the challenges related to the Syria crisis.
Al Quds school has benefited from school rehabilitation by GIZ and is now piloting a model for facility management at public schools to further improve the learning environment. KfW significantly contributes to teachers’ salaries to provide access to education also for Syrian children. Speaking at the ceremony, H.E. Minister of Education, Dr. Walid Maani, said that „the school represents the successful longstanding partnership between the two countries.“ The colourful community mural has been painted on a wall of the schoolyard. Embedded in the mural is the logo of the 60 years anniversary. It was skilfully created by the street artist together with a mixed group of
Jordanian and Syrian students to strengthen social cohesion. The location was selected as Germany supports Jordan in creating prospects for young people and future generations. Education projects include basic education, higher education as well as technical and vocational training. H.E., Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, German Ambassador to Jordan, „highlighted the longstanding and strong partnership with Jordan and affirmed that Germany is and will remain a reliable partner.“ In the past four years, learning conditions for around 80.000 school children have improved as a result of German-Jordanian cooperation. H.E. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Mary Kawar, extended “her sincere appreciation to the German Government for their continued and unwavering support over the past sixty years and also expressed her profound gratitude and appreciation for the efforts, and continuous cooperation.„