AMMAN, 16 January 2019 — Today the German Ambassador, H.E. Ms. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, launched a new programme financed by the German Government through KfW (German Development Bank) to support UNICEF Makani centres over the next three years. In UNICEF Makani centres vulnerable children, both refugees and Jordanians, have access to learning support services and community-based child protection.
The new programme was launched during a visit to a Makani centre in Sweileh, Amman, by the Ambassador of Germany Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins and KfW Office Director Mr. Christian Schaub. Over the next three years the joint programme will reach 28,000 vulnerable children in 32 Makani centres located in refugee camps and host communities all over Jordan.
At the occasion of her visit, H.E. Ambassador Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, highlighted that more than 80,000 school aged Syrian refugee children do not have access to formal education: “The future of these children depends on their access to education. It is absolutely necessary for us to provide them with the opportunities to learn and thrive. This holds true for all children currently out of school, be they Syrian or Jordanian.”
Mr. Christian Schaub, KfW Office Director, underlined the long-lasting and fruitful cooperation with UNICEF in the field of education. “The Government of Germany through KfW Development Bank has been supporting UNICEF with over 100 million EUR for Education activities and training of children and youth. This includes the new programme which will provide 13.5 million EUR for the next three years to support children’s, youth and parents’s full physical, mental, social and emotional development.”
“We are extremely grateful for the generous support from Germany. This partnership is yet another example of the strong commitment of the Government of Germany towards supporting all children in Jordan, especially those who were uprooted,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative Robert Jenkins. “We will continue to work hard to ensure that all children in Jordan are receiving access to quality, inclusive education and essential child protection services so that every child can reach their full potential.”
Makani (“My Space” in Arabic) is UNICEF’s comprehensive approach to service provision in Jordan linking educational learning support services, community-based child protection, early childhood development, adolescent and youth participation as well as life skills and innovation labs for children and young people, girls and boys, families and community members.
The programme aims to promote and contribute to the full development and well-being of children, youth and their parents. In 2018, UNICEF’s Makani programme reached over 208,000 vulnerable individuals, including over 163,000 children through a network of 150 Makani centres.
Germany is a crucial partner of UNICEF Jordan, providing through KfW Development Bank a total of 156.5 million EUR since 2013 to support essential services for children and their families. The partnership has provided education and protection to vulnerable children in Jordan and ensured that the residents of Za’atari and Azraq Refugee Camps have lifesaving access to water and sanitation.
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.