Donation of sports equipment from Government of Panama to UNICEF supports children’s right to play

31 March 2019

AMMAN, 31 March 2019 - The Government of Panama has donated sports equipment to UNICEF in support of children’s access to play in Za’atari refugee camp. His Excellency Tomas Antonio Guardia, Ambassador of Jordan, signed the donation agreement today in Amman with the Deputy Representative of UNICEF.

“We are extremely grateful to the Government of Panama for their support for quality play and recreation facilities for vulnerable refugee children in Jordan,” said UNICEF Jordan Deputy Representative Ettie Higgins. “Sport helps improve children’s health, learning and boosts their self-confidence, building a spirit of collaboration, teamwork and energy amongst communities in Za’atari.”

The contribution from Panama, that includes gym equipment, footballs and sports clothing and shoes, will help improve refugee children’s access to sport in UNICEF Makani centres. Makani (‘My Space’ in Arabic) is a comprehensive approach initiated by UNICEF in Jordan that gives children in refugee camps and host communities access to integrated learning, protection and youth services.

Programmes in Makani centres are designed to promote and contribute to children and young people’s full development and well-being – educational, physical, cognitive, social and emotional.

A recent report by UNICEF has shown that participation in sport improves children’s educational attainment and skills development including empowerment, leadership and self-esteem – contributing to their overall well-being and future prospects.

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