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‘Creating Perspectives with Jordan’s Youth’ – Celebrating 60 years of Jordanian-German Development Cooperation

17.11.2019 - Artikel

2019 marks 60 years of Development Cooperation between Jordan and Germany. The two countries have accomplished a great deal together and have taken the anniversary as an opportunity both to properly celebrate their joint achievements and to look ahead to a common future.

2019 marks 60 years of Development Cooperation between Jordan and Germany. The two countries have accomplished a great deal together and have taken the anniversary as an opportunity both to properly celebrate their joint achievements and to look ahead to a common future.

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, a family-friendly celebration was held at the Children’s Museum Jordan in Amman on 12 October 2019, to which the German Government invited its Jordanian partners and representatives from civil society and the business community. ‘Creating Perspectives with Jordan’s Youth’ was the theme of the anniversary event. It was officially opened with a speech by Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, German Ambassador to Jordan. Afterwards, the visitors enjoyed a varied programme that took a fun approach using interactive elements to provide information about Jordanian-German development cooperation. In Jordan, the German Government focuses on water, waste management, employment, vocational training and education. “We have achieved a great deal together over the past 60 years,” said Ambassador Siefker-Eberle. “Almost three million people in Jordan have gained access to drinking water. 28,000 people have been employed in cash-for-work programmes, and 7,000 have found long-term jobs thanks to employment promotion activities. 37 newly built schools now provide almost 24,000 children with access to education.”

In the afternoon, the Jordanian public had a chance to find out more about projects implemented by various organisations with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). One organisation used a model of a levee to show how much water is lost through soil erosion. There was also a creative workshop where children could use Lego to design their ideal school. Visitors had the opportunity to take a tour of Zaatari refugee camp using a virtual reality headset and see how waste management works there.

In the evening, a gala was held at the Children’s Museum under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II. “German development cooperation with Jordan is a model of productive bilateral ties for the global community, whose principles we will pass onto the youth we celebrate today,” said Dr Mohamad Al-Ississ, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. BMZ’s Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle added that the partnership between the two countries had to keep adapting over the years to take new situations into account. “Even in the midst of changes, some things stayed the same,” he said. “It is a long-standing and mature partnership built on trust. Germany will remain a staunch supporter of Jordan. As we did over the past 60 years, we will adapt to new requirements in future.”

In the margin of the celebration, BMZ’s Parliamentary state Secretary Norbert Barthle and Dr Mohamad Al-Ississ signed the protocol of government talks which took place earlier in the week. Within these talks, Germany commissioned a record volume of 729.4 million euros, including two development policy loans for water and education.

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