High enrolment for Bahrain-funded school in Zaatari Camp, Jordan

December 14, 2012


Bahrainis have welcomed with “great satisfaction” news that the warmer and sturdier buildings of the Bahrain Education Compound opened last month at the Zaatari camp in Jordan have resulted in an impressive jump in enrolment and in much more serious classes.

Media reports from the Jordanian capital Amman said that the compound of four schools to accommodate 4,000 boys and girls of Syrian refugees has enabled the camp to gain a sense of learning normalcy.

“We are happy that Bahrain’s aim to ensure that young minds and hearts forced to live in the camp do not despair and that they are given the education required to move forward regardless of the nature and magnitude of the challenges,” Duaa Hashim, a media specialist, said.

The camp, 80 kilometres north east of Amman, is often described as “a harsh place”.

However, local and United Nations officials say that for more than 40,000 refugees, mainly children it is the only place they can call home.

Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the chairman of the board of trustees of Bahrain’s Royal Charity Organisation, opened the compound on November 25.

“When we look at the particularly difficult weather conditions, we feel really happy that Bahrain made the decision to extend a helping hand to the refugees. In a world seriously dimmed by savage massacres and merciless destruction, Bahrain has obviously assumed an outstanding role, presenting genuine values of compassion, preaching enlightenment and promoting knowledge,” Duaa said.

In a statement upon opening the compound, Shaikh Nasser lauded the spirit of the school project.

“What is really important today is sitting with these students,” he said. “I wish them a prosperous future and wish them the best of success. I hope they will be able to return home to their country soon, safe and sound and with advanced learning capabilities. The Syrian people hold a special significance in our hearts today and we wish them success. We want to offer all that we can to rekindle their hopes and help them resume their normal lives and be able to return home,” he said.

Khalid Abdullah, a religious association staffer, said that the students will “benefit from the school.”

“We hope that their pain will be gone and that they can focus on improving their knowledge while waiting to go home,” he said. “We are happy that the news two weeks after the opening of the school are highly encouraging. Everyone should be happy that the character of thousands of children is being strengthened with good knowledge and sound discipline.”



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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