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Resilient young Syrian proves benefit of TVET education with support from Korea and UNESCO

Chaza Aladawi, 22, doesn’t know a lot about giving up. Originally, from Syria, Chaza came to Jordan with her family in 2002 and settled in Amman.  

“When I was younger, I wanted to grow up to be a dentist”, shared Chaza.

At 18, Chaza concluded her secondary school studies and entered the world of work.

I tried out a lot of different jobs, trying to find out what I liked. I worked as a secretary, then a dental assistant, then a sales representative and finally, at a hair salon. But none of it felt like me. My mom works as a professional chef and I had always been curious about pursuing that
Chaza Aladawi

When she saw the Korea-funded scholarship opportunities at Luminus Technical University College (formerly Al Quds College) being advertised on Facebook, Chaza was quick to apply. The scholarships are offered as part of the UNESCO “Provision of TVET for vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian Refugee Youth” project, implemented with generous funding and strong partnership from the Government of the Republic of Korea.

With her studies completed and her on-the-job training accomplished, Chaza soon found a job cooking in a restaurant in Amman. “When I’m cooking, I feel a sense of accomplishment”.

During each of the three phases of this UNESCO project, 250 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) scholarships have been offered to vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugee youth in Jordan. As the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, UNESCO has been charged with leading and coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda along with its partners. Sustainable Development Goal 4 is centered upon inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

UNESCO and Korea have been working to support access to meaningful, accredited post-basic education. This year, 98 vulnerable Jordanian youth and 110 Syrian refugee youth were enrolled in TVET studies in a series of six disciplines. Approximately 208 students will soon receive their graduate diplomas.

Korea is pleased to see the positive impact of this critical programme, improving the lives of Jordanian youth and Syrian refugees and stimulating the economy of Jordan. We look forward to continuing to provide this valuable support
His Excellency Lee Jae-wan, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jordan