Baqa Camp, located approx. 20 km from Amman, is the biggest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. At first inhabited by 26,000 people, it is now home to a population of 120,000. Despite the best efforts of local authorities, living conditions inside the camp are difficult – almost everyone, including children, is suffering from poverty and hunger.
To address the needs of local authorities, the Polish Embassy in Amman in cooperation with the Jordanian Foreign Ministry carried out a project for one of the schools inside the camp. The selected institution was Al Baqa Camp First and Second Male School, which is attended by some 2,000 pupils from both Muslim and Christian families. The project included the establishment of a new computer room with eight workstations and additional audio-visual equipment – giving both pupils and teachers access to modern teaching methods and the Internet, a valuable source of knowledge and information. Although the school is for boys only, the computer room is also made available to pupils from a nearby girls’ school.
The project follows up on the Polish-Jordanian cooperation measures implemented in recent years using Polish aid funds, including the setting up of libraries in Anjara, Smakiyya and Aqaba and computer rooms in the Irbid and Hitteen camps for Palestinian refugees. It is also devised in response to the Jordanian national education strategy which aims to facilitate children’s access to education.
Project no. 604/2012 “Establishing and equipping computer workshop in a school in the Baqa camp for Palestinian refugees, Jordan” was implemented under the 2012 small grants scheme with a Polish aid funding element of approx. EUR 6,000.
For more information on the project and photos from the opening of the computer room, please visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Amman.