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China to offer technical support to Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Human Development

Ambassador ‘impressed’ by ZENID’s work with vulnerable youths

By Laila Azzeh - Nov 30,2016 - Last updated at Nov 30,2016

Chinese Ambassador to Jordan Pan Weifang and Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development Executive Director Farah Daghistani hold documents signed on Tuesday as part of a memorandum of understanding (Petra photo)

AMMAN — The “distinguished” efforts exerted by the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Human Development (ZENID) has prompted the Chinese embassy in Amman to provide technical support to the facility.

With a safe, friendly and yet professional atmosphere, ZENID provides a learning space for some of the most marginalised youngsters, including Syrians and Iraqis, in order to enable them to succeed and integrate into society.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed between the Chinese embassy and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) on Tuesday, the embassy will provide technological resources, such as laptops and cinema screens for refugees and Jordanian dropout students participating in JOHUD/UNICEF’s Makani project.

“This place is very impressive…I was deeply touched and moved by the management here. All the people I met here from Jordan, Syria and Iraq admired the excellent management in this organisation,” Chinese Ambassador to Jordan Pan Weifang told The Jordan Times.

Citing the “family ties” students from different nationalities enjoy at ZENID, he underlined the embassy’s commitment to continue supporting Makani and other similar initiatives.

JOHUD Executive Director Farah Daghistani commended the embassy’s support and its significance in equipping beneficiaries with the necessary learning skills.

The new technology provided will be used to help young people express their creative thoughts and ideas through the medium of film, as well as utilise “the very best educational tools and software” in Makani centres across the country.

The Makani (My Space) Programme was launched in 2015 in partnership with UNICEF with the aim of providing a comprehensive approach that covers alternative education, skill building programmes and psychosocial support.

The programme supports the engagement of local networks of partners with the aim of enabling advanced, complete and sustainable change.

So far, there are 170 Makani centres in Jordan and 22 within JOHUD centres.

During 2016, nearly 36,679 beneficiaries have been reached through 74,728 services.

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