9 August 2015 – Amman: The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Generations For Peace today announced a partnership that will increase the impact and sustainability of GFP’s Jordan Schools Programme. This support will benefit 5,000 young people living in vulnerable communities in Jordan.
The Generations For Peace Jordan Schools Programme focuses on reducing violence and the potential for violence in schools experiencing increased population pressures and tensions due to the intake of a high number of Syrian refugees. The new partnership will support creation of Generations For Peace Clubs in 12 schools in host communities across Jordan. Generations For Peace will select and train 100 students who demonstrate commitment and leadership, and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to begin facilitating sport and art for peace activities in their schools, as well as a youth-led initiatives in their school and their surrounding community to strengthen social cohesion, resilience and social capital.
H.E. Mr Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, said:
“We are delighted to pledge our commitment to this important programme. Our recent visit to see the work of Generations For Peace in Za’atari Village host community demonstrated the power of sport and its ability to break down stereotypes and bring Jordanian and Syrian youth together.”
Belgium’s Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Mr Thomas Baekelandt, said:
“These young people have enormous potential and we are delighted to support them in their role as change-makers, creating a brighter future in their communities.”
Reflecting on the challenges currently facing Jordan, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, said:
“This partnership will provide significant support for our Generations For Peace programmes in Jordan, at a time when we must continue to reduce the tension and risk of violence among children and youth in schools and communities most in need.”
By providing this unique training and continuous support for students and young leaders, Generations For Peace empowers them to lead and cascade change at the grass roots to address local issues of conflict and violence.