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Japan extends grant to World Vision Japan for education project in Jordan

Jordan Daily – The Government of Japan has announced an extension of its grant to World Vision Japan (WVJ), a Japanese Non-Governmental Organization, to support education enrollment and learning for vulnerable children in Irbid, Jordan. The grant contract was signed on Tuesday by Okuyama Jiro, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom, and Ikenoya Rie, Project Manager of World Vision Japan deployed to World Vision’s office in Jordan.

This initiative marks the third phase of a three-year project, with previous grants totaling 764,211 US dollars for the first phase and 729,903 US dollars for the second phase. The current grant aims to enhance the educational environment, particularly for vulnerable children, including out-of-school children, those with special needs, and refugee children. It also seeks to strengthen the capacity of teachers and school staff to ensure inclusive education in public schools in Irbid. Key components include English and life skills learning support classes, barrier-free school facilities, and teaching materials.

World Vision Japan, drawing on its extensive experience in this field, anticipates that the project will contribute to reducing social disparities and empowering vulnerable children in Jordan. Since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Jordan has provided crucial humanitarian support for Syrian refugees.

The grant is essential to alleviate the strain on Jordan’s social services, including education, healthcare, and water sanitation, which have been stretched due to the influx of Syrian refugees. In line with the commitment to leave no one behind, inclusive education plays a pivotal role in realizing a more equitable society.

World Vision Japan collaborates closely with the World Vision Syria Response Office, supporting education in public schools in both Irbid and Zarqa governorates since 2014. Additionally, the organization implemented Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) assistance in Al Azraq Refugee Camp from 2021 to 2022, aiming to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among camp residents.

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