21 January 2015 – Amman, Jordan: At a special ceremony for the University of Jordan’s Generations For Peace Club, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, presented certificates to students and university officials in recognition of their efforts to reduce violence on campus.
HE Prof. Ekhleif Tarawneh, University of Jordan President, stated: “The rise in cases of violence in recent years has had a negative impact on educational achievements and student relations. To address this issue, participating students established a Generations For Peace Club at our university, with more than 400 students from various departments. Through art and sport-based activities and advocacy efforts, we have noticed changes in attitudes towards violence, as well as increased acceptance and greater cooperation between the students.”
Commenting on the importance of this programme, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, said: “The programme has strengthened the capacity of faculty and students to manage disciplinary issues and disputes in non-violent ways, through creative and sustainable methods. Furthermore, the student-led activities provided practical opportunities to engage students in a safe space that granted a supportive environment for positive behaviour change. Their commitment, their energy, and their determination to create a real difference is truly inspirational.”
Attending the ceremony, U.S Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Alice Wells, remarked: “This programme is an important step to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students. I am thrilled to see students leading the efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully and productively.”
The programme was conducted in partnership with the University of Jordan and Youth for Youth Foundation, and was made possible with support from the United States Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a U.S. Government program that supports the efforts of community organisations and individuals to create positive change in their societies.