Director General of the Jordanian Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA) Rafiq Kherfan on Monday expressed the Kingdom’s readiness to offer the UNRWA land parcels to establish educational institutions as an alternative to leased lands. Kherfan, during a ceremony held at a UNRWA-run school at Amman’s Nuzha region, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate and support the agency’s operations, including exempting UNRWA schools from textbook costs.
He also urged the agency to pay special attention to vocational education, highlighting efforts to hire UNRWA vocational training graduates to reduce poverty and unemployment rates among Palestinian refugees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
Talks also went over opening UNRWA schools on time, despite the funding shortfall following the announcement by the US to entirely cut the financial support provided to the agency.
Kherfan also drew attention to the DPA’s efforts to renovate more than 2,000 housing units in Jordan’s camps, adding that work is under way to add an additional 400 housing units.