UN agency launches youth project to help Palestinian refugees in Syria

March 15, 2011 - 0:0

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has launched a “Youth Support” project to create new job opportunities to the Palestinian refugees in Syria, local Al-Watan daily reported Monday.

The project that began on Sunday will also provide services in counseling and career guidance and help parents of students to complete their education.
The project manager Claude Isakov said the training team is composed of 75 highly-skilled young men who are working in all parts of Syria as professional advisers, training officials and professional facilitators for small businesses. About 3,000 job seekers have got the needed support, according to Al-Watan.
The UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide education, health care, social services and emergency aid to more than 850,000 Palestinian refugees who escaped the Israeli military operations against their cities and villages in 1948.
Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of UNRWA, said that the Syrian government and the European Union contribute to projects in the Damascus training center and provide academic skills and modern methods.
The exhibitions at the project launching ceremony showed that young Palestinians have learned advertising design, skills of medical assistance, computer skills and information systems in the Damascus training center in the last four years.
UNRWA established a training center in Damascus in 1961 on land donated by the Syrian government to provide technical and vocational education for Palestinian refugees. More than 15,430 Palestinians have graduated from the center, many of whom got jobs in Syria.