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Tackling the violence between the local population and refugees in Jordan

Estelle Mekari
14 June 2017

The FPS Foreign Affairs supports initiatives which promote peaceful co-existence. Among other places, in Jordan.

1.3 million Syrians fled to Jordan in a short space of time. More than half of them are younger than 18. They need to be able to attend school in Jordan as quickly as possible, but there aren't enough resources.

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This is a complex situation, in addition to the persistent violence. It all burdens the education system and poses a challenge for the country to integrate refugees. Frustration is growing among the various communities. Moreover, as time goes on, this frustration is increasingly directed towards the government. The danger of national instability is also growing.

With the target group of young people between the ages of 12 and 17, not only can schools be reached, but also the various communities.

To help Jordan, Belgium will finance an educational project for Generations For Peace (GFP). GFP is an international peace-building organisation, which focuses on tolerance and responsible citizenship among communities caught up in conflicts and violence.

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GFP and Belgium want to establish the initiative in schools in Jordan, since these provide the best access to the population. With the target group of young people between the ages of 12 and 17, not only can schools be reached, but also the various communities. The programme includes capacity development among teachers and pupils, and the non-violent tackling of disciplinary problems and conflicts.

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