EDU-SYRIA Project, funded by the European Union and managed by the German Jordanian University (GJU), organised friendly football matches for the students enrolled in the Programme. The final game was held on 1 December 2019, under the patronage of the EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, and hosted by Zarqa University. In parallel, a chess contest also took place for EDU-SYRIA female students.
The project celebrates the power of football to overcome the barriers and build bridges between Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.
The EU Ambassador, along with Professor Fayyad, President of the German Jordanian University, and Dr. Mahmoud Abu Shaera from Zarqa University, presented the players and teams with the medals, trophies and prizes. The award ceremony was concluded with a lunch reception and music band performance at Zarqa University's social cultural center.
EDU-SYRIA is an EU-funded project through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (Madad Fund), and the Neighborhood Instrument (ENI) which helps Syrian refugees in Jordan and vulnerable Jordanians from host communities get access to higher education through a set of scholarship programs. So far, the EU granted GJU a total of €17.5 million, enabling 1,600 students to enroll in higher education institutions in Jordan. In June 2019, a new intervention of €15 million to continue EDU Syria II was approved, with around 2000 new scholarships for Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians.