Over 21,000 Syrian Refugees in Jordan Receive Mine Risk Education
One of the best ways to prevent the risk of injury from mines and unexploded ordnance is by raising awareness and promoting safe behavior. With this goal in mind, ITF implemented a project in Jordan, in cooperation with Arab Mine Action Consultancy Crew and 21 other non-profit organizations, to provide Syrian refugees in the country with mine risk education that will allow them to stay safe once they return to their homes. A special focus was given to the most vulnerable, with many workshops designed specifically for children.
Despite the temporary suspension of educational activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the beginning of the year, ITF adapted its work and managed to safely continue with project implementation. From March 15, the implementing teams started carrying out remote workshops, which also included lessons on health education and preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.
The project concluded at the end of August, with 466 workshops were carried out altogether. 14,401 Syrians attended workshops in schools across the Irbid province and 6,713 attended remote workshops. In addition, the participating organizations distributed 28,832 items such as educational flyers and brochures as well as blankets and water bottles. Together, the project helped contribute to a better awareness of risk posed by mines and other explosive ordnance, and thereby improved the safety of 21,144 Syrian refugees.
ITF is grateful to the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their donation that helped support this important learning process.