Germany launches new program to support vulnerable children in Jordan
The German ambassador to Jordan said on Wednesday that her country has launched a new program to support the UNICEF Makani centers in Jordan over the next three years, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
In UNICEF Makani centers, vulnerable children, both refugees and Jordanians, have access to multiple services including child protection.
The program, financed by the German government via the German Development Bank, will reach 28,000 vulnerable children in 32 Makani centers in refugee camps and host communities across Jordan, said Birgitta Siefker-Eberle.
According to the ambassador, more than 80,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children do not have access to formal education.
"The future of these children depends on their access to education. It is absolutely necessary for us to provide them with the opportunities to learn and thrive," she noted.
Christian Schaub, director of the German Development Bank office in Jordan, said the new program will provide 13.5 million euros (15.4 million U.S. dollars) in the next three years to support the full physical, mental, social and emotional development of the children, youths and their parents in Jordan.
In 2018, the UNICEF Makani program reached about 208,000 vulnerable individuals, including more than 163,000 children, through a network of 150 Makani centers.
As a crucial partner of UNICEF Jordan, Germany has provided 156.5 million euros since 2013 to support essential services for children and their families in the country.