Minister of Social Development inaugurates new Makani centre

Expanding services to children, youth and parents with the support of UNICEF

18 August 2022
A group of people wearing face masks stand at the front of a classroom where children are seated

Amman, 18 August, 2022 - The Minister of Social Development, Ayman Riyad Al-Mufleh, inaugurated today a new Makani Center at the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Center for Information Technology in Al-Muwaqar, affiliated with the Ministry of Social Development, aiming to expand the scope of social services provided to members of the local community, with the support of UNICEF.

During his tour of the center, Al-Mufleh said, "Today we are witnessing the official inauguration of extension of the center, expanding the scope of social services provided including programmes, activities and events targeting children, in addition to awareness programmes, training courses and educational programmes targeting members of the local community, including learning support, innovation and skill building for children, youth and parents.”

Al-Mufleh added that the ministry is looking forward to further cooperation with all international organizations and civil society to serve the local communities throughout the Kingdom.

“Makani is an excellent example of how the humanitarian and national systems can be linked to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children and youth, helping them to fulfil their potential,” said Manuel Rodriguez Pumarol, Representative, a.i. UNICEF Jordan. “We are grateful to the Ministry of Social Development for their close collaboration to embed the Makani programme into the national social protection system.”

The centre is the latest in a network of 137 Makani centres across Jordan providing critical services to more than 65,000 children and youth, in addition to supporting tens of thousands of their parents with Early Childhood Development.

Makani (“My Space”) is a UNICEF programme that began in 2015 to respond to the urgent needs of children in Jordan during the Syrian refugee crisis and has since evolved into a comprehensive response for all vulnerable children, regardless of nationality, as part of the national social protection response under the leadership of the MOSD.

The MOSD Makani centre in AlMowaqar is also leading the way in sustainability with solar panels providing green energy to power the centre.

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