In Jordan tackling impact of Syrian crisis
Amman (4th June) - "Our solidarity with Jordan, and Syrian refugees here is not only in statements but also in deeds," Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said after visiting Zaatari refugee camp in the north of Jordan close to Syrian border. This biggest refugee camp in Jordan is housing over 120 000 people and poses a significant challenge for Jordanian authorities and international organisations providing basic services for refugees.
During his visit in the camp on Tuesday Commissioner Füle inaugurated a new school co-financed with EU money. "It is extremely important to provide education to the children here, because they are the future. We should prevent them to become a lost generation. On the contrary. They should build new Syria and benefit from equal rights, freedoms and opportunities." he said. In the classrooms managed by UNICEF he spoke to the pupils and their mentors about the learnin process and their everyday activities. "These children have to feel they have friends who care. It is impossible to make any refugee camp child-friendly but we are keen to try to help to bring at least some sense of comfort or normalcy for them," Commissioner Füle stressed. He also signed a project with UNICEF worth €5 million to provide education in the Zaatari camp.
More information: See Commissioner´s remarks to the media