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Workshop on psychosocial care and protection of children in crisis in Jordan

AMMAN, 13 April 2008 – UNICEF in collaboration with Jordan’s Ministry of Education organized a workshop to provide school counsellors with appropriate skills and knowledge needed to identify and help pupils suffering from psychosocial problems in public schools.

A UNICEF supported survey in 2007 by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) highlighted the fact that Iraqi children in Jordon suffer from significantly high levels of emotional, social, and environmental distress – which in turn impacts the learning environment for all children in public schools.  

UNICEF Representative in Jordan Anne Skatvedt said, “We are very pleased to be doing this very important training in Jordan, and having the commitment of the Ministry of Education to achieve it. Jordan once again is taking a regional lead in an initiative to improve the quality of education in the Middle East. In addition, this is the first time on a worldwide basis that a Ministry of Education and UNICEF have worked on such a scale to put together a comprehensive package on psychosocial care.”

Representing the Minister of Education, Dr. Mohammad Al-Zo'bi stated, "The training had been very valuable and I am looking forward to seeing it being implemented at the field level." He added, "Quality of both the training and participation has been extremely high and the co-operation between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF on this training had been excellent."

Upon the completion of the two week training, school counsellors will instruct over 900 of their colleagues, in schools around the country, with the same set of skills that they themselves have just been taught.

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF will ensure that the trainers and participants at the field level will receive the highest possible support to ensure the success of their work in the field over the next few months.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For More Information Please Contact:

Samir Badran, Communication Officer, UNICEF Jordan; Tel.: +9626-5502430, E-mail: sbadran@unicef.org




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