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Fun Week of Summer Club Activities for Palestinian refugee Kids Launched in Syria

DAMASCUS, 3 July 2005 - A joint UNICEF team from occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and Syria today launched a fun week of summer club activities for Palestinian refugee children in Syria.  The 80 girls and 75 boys of mostly orphans and hardship cases come from boarding schools in Damascus and from a Girls’ Vocational Training Center.

The summer club is taking place on the Mediterranean Sea in the city of Lattakia. It is accommodated by the Syrian Youth Union and organized through GAPAR (the General Administration for Palestinian Arab Refugees) - the main counterpart of UNICEF in Syria.
Many activities will take place during the one week camp - including art, culture, sports, and seminars on child rights and participation. The children will have their own parliament during the week to manage the camp activities, and will use this experience to develop ideas on how student parliaments could be established in the boarding schools in the next semester.

GAPAR Deputy Director Adnan Munawar expressed appreciation for UNICEF support to Palestinian refugees in Syria, which resulted in the better well-being of children and their mothers.

The UNICEF’s Special Representative in oPt, Dan Rohrmann, said that these children who had just completed a year of schooling mostly away from home, would greatly benefit from a fun week with lots of excitement and interesting peer-to-peer engagement.  He assured the commitment of UNICEF towards assisting Palestinian refugee children and thanked GAPAR for its cooperation.




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