More than 1,300 youth to benefit from new Youth Skills and Mentoring Development Project launched in Amman



UNESCO launches, in partnership with Al-Quds College, three new skills development and youth mentoring projects, generously funded by the European Union

Amman, February 8, 2016:  The UNESCO Office in Amman launched three new projects generously funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Al Quds College that support the Government’s efforts to provide essential education and training opportunities for Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth affected by the Syria Crisis.

Launched under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Labour, the new projects, which are aligned with the 2016-2018 Jordan Response Plan, mark an important shift in providing post-basic education opportunities for vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth.  In total, over 1,300 youth will participate in education programs ranging from three months to 1 year. ''The EU highly appreciates the cooperation with the Government of Jordan. We are proud to be key partners of the Government in the development and implementation of the Skills development and Employment programs for Jordanians and Syrian refugees'' EU Ambassador Andrea Fontana said during his speech. “'While targeting Syrian and disadvantaged Jordanian students, the EU has not forgotten about Jordanian students and their professors. An additional EUR 5 million has been made available under the Erasmus+ Extra Window, allowing for hundreds of teachers and students to study in,” Ambassador Fontana Added.

The first program will provide 400 Jordanian and Syria refugee youth with a one-year internationally accredited diploma delivered at Al Quds College. The BTEC Level 3 program will offer diplomas in hospitality, art and design, the built environment and construction, surveying engineering, creative media production, graphic design and interior design. Students will also receive English language, computer, study skills and life skills. The second program will provide six months of mentoring, training and referral opportunities for 400 youth in Za’atari camp. The final program, funded by the European Union and with a contribution from the Walton Family Foundation, will provide four months of training in job readiness, career counseling and life skills for 500 Jordanian youth affected by the Syria crisis in Mafraq, Zarqa and Amman, and will strongly emphasize professional skills, creative leadership and willingness to work and trust. In addition, youth will be selected to participate in a creative incubator at Al Quds College as part of the EU-funded Net-Med Youth Project. The main focus is to bridge skills gaps by providing hands-on opportunities and establishing linkages with industry.

The event was attended by members of the Government of Jordan, United Nations agencies, and national and international organizations that are working closely with Jordanian institutions to provide relevant education and training opportunities for youth. Dr. Ayman Maqableh, Dean of Al Quds College, said “Al Quds College team is working hard to equip Arab youth with 21st century skills. Now, with the help and support of EU and UNESCO we can even extend our scope and services to help both Jordanian and Syrian youth.” He continued, “Al Quds College, with its expertise in industry related education founded upon analytical thinking, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and teamwork skills, is supporting the government´s response plan and spearheads employment-focused, quality education that addresses the mismatch between labor market needs and the skill sets of Arab youth.”

As the leading UN organization for Education, UNESCO’s support for skills for work and life is grounded in the Organization’s lifelong perspective of learning, which seeks to ensure equal opportunities for all. UNESCO’s new partnership with Al Quds College, made possible with funding from the European Union, represents an important milestone in collaborative programming in the country. As stated by Ms. Costanza Farina during the event “An educated young generation represents the best chance Syria has to rebuild and recover. The EU funded projects we are launching today embody our collective efforts to ensure that all youth affected by the Syria crisis are supported and offered these opportunities and that ‘no one is left behind’.”


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Background information:


UNESCO is known as the ”intellectual” agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built. UNESCO’s mission in Jordan is to work with the government of Jordan and other stakeholders to provide effective high quality educational, scientific, cultural and communication programmes.


For more information about the work of UNESCO in Jordan, please visit

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The European Union (EU) and Jordan are partners under the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy and the EU is accompanying Jordan in its reform process. For Jordanians, socio-economic development and rule of law are principal priorities. The EU provides support in these sectors, taking effective action in responding to the economic challenges and the impact of the Syria crisis on the Kingdom. With supportive Jordanian leadership, the EU also aims to support greater social justice and economic prosperity, benefitting the people of this country and beyond.


The EU Delegation to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ensures the follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and development cooperation and the implementation of the EU-Jordan bilateral agreements.


For more information about the work of the EU in Jordan, please visit or contact:

Ms. Reem Al-Jazi

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