Amman- 11 December 2018
The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management in the European Christos Stylianides inaugurated the official launch of “My Story” Book at the Karama Human rights festival on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. His Excellency was accompanied by the EU Ambassador to Jordan Andrea Matteo Fontana and EDU-SYRIA director and the German Jordanian University (GJU) President Professor Dr. Manar Fayyad.
My Story is a student-led initiative by the EU funded programme EDU-SYRIA. The initiative aims to achieve a better understanding of young Jordanian and Syrian students, their backgrounds and their ambitions. This initiative includes a photo exhibition, a photo-book that has been written and designed by students, and a compilation of videos where the students share their stories.
Commissioner Christos Stylianides said: “The EU remains committed to supporting Jordan which hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees. European Union made education a priority, because education is a window to a brighter future”.
He also added: “My story represents real stories of hope, of Syrian youth who refused to give up their dreams because of the war, and real stories of Jordanian youth who refused to put their dreams on hold because of a lack of recourses. The book we hold in our hands is a book of hope and hope is what we need more especially now”.
He also expressed his thanks to the German Jordanian University and the partner universities for believing in these young people and encourage them to learn, as these universities set an example for European universities to accept more refugee students in order to continue their dreams.
Prof. Dr. Manar Fayyad praised the European Union for their support for EDU-SYRIA project at the German Jordanian University and for granting the students the opportunity to pursue their higher education and help them to shape a more secure future for themselves.
During the launch, the Commissioner met with students, discussed with them their stories, hopes, and ambitions for the future.
It is worth mentioning that “My story” Photo exhibition was inaugurated by The Deputy Director General for neighbourhood policy and Enlargements Negotiations in the European commission, Mr. Maciej Popowski at the German Jordanian University (GJU) on October 11th, 2018.
To view "MY Story" Book.
About the EDU-SYRIA Project:
EDU-SYRIA is an EU funded project that helps vulnerable Jordanians from refugees host communities and Syrian refugees in Jordan to get access to higher education through a set of scholarship programs.
In 2015, the EU granted GJU with an initial contribution of Euros 4 Million that has enabled 400 students to enroll in Higher Education Institutions in Jordan. In 2016, the EU Syria Regional Trust Fund ‘Madad’ provided a second contribution of Euros 11 Million enlarging the number of scholarships to support 1400 students. The project is managed by the German Jordanian University ‘GJU’ and in partnership with Zarqa University, Jordan University for Science and Technology, Yarmouk University and Luminus Technical University College.
EDU-SYRIA provides Syrian refugees with advanced training and education, which will contribute to the future efforts of rebuilding the Syrian economy. Therefore, it supports the "No Lost Generation" strategy that aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future for themselves and their families.
Hence, the project closely cooperates with Jordanian institutions that help vulnerable Jordanians such as the National Aid Fund, Tkiyet Um Ali and the Al-Aman Fund.
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