Zarqa, Jordan, December 1- EDU-SYRIA Project, funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the German Jordanian University (GJU), organised friendly football matches for the students enrolled in the Programme.
The project celebrates the power of football to overcome the barriers and build bridges between Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities. This sport opportunity provides young people with a sense of self-dignity and respect, allowing them to celebrate cultural cohesions and differences in a positive and peaceful manner. These games will be the starting point of the formation of a football team representing the project, and a future football tournament for all partner institutes and other NGOs.
The final game was held on Sunday December 1, 2019, under the patronage of the EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, and hosted by Zarqa University. The Zarqa University students’ team celebrated their win after they beat the Luminus Technical University College team 4-3.
In parallel, a chess contest also took place for EDU-SYRIA female students. Ms. Wal’a Ghadban won the game as she defeated Ms. Faitma Alzahraa’.
The EU Ambassador, along with Professor Fayyad, President of the German Jordanian University, and Dr. Mahmoud Abu Shaera from Zarqa University, presented the players and teams with the medals, trophies and prizes.
The award ceremony was concluded with a lunch reception and music band performance at Zarqa University's social cultural center.
About the EDU-SYRIA Project:
EDU-SYRIA is an EU-funded project through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (Madad Fund), and the Neighborhood Instrument (ENI) which helps Syrian refugees in Jordan and vulnerable Jordanians from host communities get access to higher education through a set of scholarship programs.
So far, the EU granted the German Jordanian University (GJU) a total of EUR 17.5 million, enabling 1,600 students to enroll in higher education institutions in Jordan.
In June 2019, a new intervention of EUR15 million to continue EDU Syria II was approved, with around 2000 new scholarships for Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians.
The project is managed by GJU in partnership with Jordan University of Science and Technology, Yarmouk University, Zarqa University and Luminous Technical University College.
The Project also cooperates closely with Jordanian institutions that help vulnerable Jordanians such as the National Aid Fund, Tkiyet Um Ali and Al-Aman Fund.
Dr. Dhiah Abou-Tair
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