Bahrain-funded school to assist Jordan camp Syrian refugees

September 6, 2012

Around 4,000 Syrian refugee students will benefit from the mobile school complex to be set up by Bahrain in Jordan.

The complex will feature four schools that will each accommodate 1,000 students who will be able to start or resume their studies in the new academic year in the Zaatari Camp in Jordan.

Education at the complex will be under the supervision of the Jordanian education ministry, media in Amman reported on Monday.

The setting up of the complex was ordered by Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa as a gesture to help Syrian refugees.

Chairing the weekly cabinet session on Sunday, King Hamad said that he had ordered the Royal Charity Foundation to take the necessary measures to set up the complex as part of Bahrain’s commitment to assist the Syrian people to fulfil their aspirations.

“We want our sons and daughters among the Syrian refugees to continue their studies on time with the new academic year,” King Hamad said. “This is a religious and humanitarian duty.”

King Hamad said that he would personally follow the project with a delegation from the Royal Charity Foundation during their visit to Jordan.

Around 25,000 of the 180,000 Syrians who have sought refuge in neighbouring Jordan to flee unrest in Syria currently live at the Zaatari camp.

Reports say that around half of the camp refugees are children and one fifth are less than four years old.

According to Australian media, Governor-General Quentin Bryce was reduced to tears when she visited the camp on Sunday and spoke with a group of mothers.

“They’ve been through enormous stresses for such a long time before they took the great decision in their lives to come here, to leave their homes, to leave their husbands,” she was quoted as saying by ABC News. “And they’re very concerned about the safety of their little children. I think it’s enormously distressing for all of us to reflect on the huge numbers of little children who are here, you know, increasingly hundreds every day, who are under four, just tiny little children whose health is very vulnerable in this dust. I have to say as a grandmother my heart goes out to them.”



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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