British Ambassador visits Irbid


[28-09-2022 07:37 PM]

Ammon News - British Ambassador Bridget Brind visited Irbid and met with Governor Radwan Outom and Mayor Al Kofahi, as well as students, business owners, MPs, refugees and local artists to learn more about Irbid Governorate, to highlight UK/Jordan cooperation and to promote the value of inclusion for Jordan’s economic prosperity and stability.

The visit started at an UNRWA-operated school, where the Ambassador met with students attending the school Parliament and heard about their ambitious plans for the new school year. Ambassador Brind met with teachers supported by an excellent partnership with the British Council, expanding high quality English-language training for teachers and learning for students in UNRWA schools.

“English language is a key ingredient for Jordan’s economic development, as it opens up many opportunities. Motivated students and skilled teachers like the ones in this school, are not only an example of success for the present but a promise for the future”, she said.

Meeting a family in the UNRWA camp the Ambassador said “Jordan has shown extraordinary generosity in supporting refugees. The UK remains committed to supporting UNRWA’s efforts in Jordan to ensure that all people have access to health and education, and can fulfil their basic needs”.

The Ambassador spoke to Irbid representatives and business owners and discussed ways to strengthen Jordan’s economy. She met with youth, women and refugees who have participated in the UK-funded Youth Tech and Jobs project, providing access to income opportunities through technology and more widely. The Ambassador noted how growth, prosperity, and inclusion are positively related. “An inclusive education system, plants the seeds for equal societies to blossom and the economy to prosper through providing opportunities for all. Jordan needs to make the most of all its diverse and talented population, including women and youth, if it is to reach the ambitious targets set out in the new Economic Modernization vision 2033 ”, stated the Ambassador.

The UK is also engaged in supporting the West Irbid water plant project, in partnership with EBRD, and has awarded grants to academics at the reknowned Jordan University of Science and Technology through the Newton-Khalidi fund.

The visit to Irbid ended with a meeting with local artists and young people to discuss the value of arts at times of crisis and uncertainty by enhancing mental health and wellbeing through creativity. International art partnerships support artists’ resilience and productivity and their contribution to the economy. The Ambassador met with artists selected by the British Council funded project “Artists Connecting in Transit”, an inclusive partnership between different art organisations from Jordan, Turkey and the UK.




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