During their recess, two students gather to chat at the UNRWA Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired. © 2017 UNRWA photo by Rushdi Al Sarraj
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has announced the launch of free training courses for Palestinians and Syrians with special needs across Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.
The move makes part of the Agency’s disability inclusion program. The refugees will attend training sessions in hairdressing and photography.
In order to be able to take part in the training the refugee should be literate and aged between 19 and 40.
More than eight years of deadly warfare have imperiled the quality of education and access to educational facilities in the ravaged Syrian territories. Palestinian schoolchildren and university students continue to strive for careers that match their dreams for a better future.
Upon more than one occasion, the UN has raised alarm bells over the striking upsurge in the rate of school dropouts among the Palestinians of Syria, several among whom have left schools to help feeding their impoverished families in unemployment-stricken refugee camps.
The situation of dozens of children with disabilities has gone far worse after they lost their parents in the bloody warfare. Others have endured limb amputation owing to the violent onslaughts.
UNRWA said it assists more than 2,300 Palestine refugees with disabilities in Syria, who have had their lives marred by the unabated warfare and bloody strife.