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.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.