Norwegian Crown Prince Starts Visit to Jordan

Sunday 26 October 2014

The Norwegian heir apparent and his wife started an official visit to Jordan on Tuesday October 21,2014. Prince Haakon had a firsthand look at the services presented to refugees from different sectors and host communities, which increased pressure on vital sectors and infrastructure in the Kingdom.

Save the Children's programmes in host communities target the youth by organising training and vocational courses, and regular activities in safe environments for refugee children. 

Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit toured Save the Children's youth vocational centre and checked on the training courses that provide the Syrian youth with a chance to acquire vocational skills that would help them participate in businesses and projects to rebuild their country.

Muna Abbas, the central and southern regions director at Save the Children in Jordan, said Prince Haakon checked on the organisation’s programme involving 30 children who attended a course on cooking. Abbas said that part of a Norwegian grant of $2.5 million was used to cover the expenses of training students and enable them to join the labour market. She also said the programme targets 270 young men and women across the Kingdom in 10 locations affiliated with the VTC. Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit also visited the National Training Institute in Marka area.

The director of Vocational Training Corporation (VTC), said the aim of the visit was to check on the corporation’s projects and training plans.

The prince met with a Syrian family and listened to the story of their journey to safety. 

At a press conference, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende noted that Jordan has received successive waves of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, which increased the pressure on its already limited resources. He said that the international community should share these responsibilities towards the Kingdom, noting that Norway will provide Jordan with further support next year.