Tuesday, 30 November 2021 11:37 GMT

HBKU students embark on learning trip to Jordan


(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) students set out on a learning educational service trip earlier this month to conduct research and gain a better understanding of the circumstances displaced refugees must endure in light of ongoing conflict.
The trip involved 18 master's, PhD and undergraduate students who were accompanied by two HBKU representatives. Over the course of six days, the delegation visited numerous sites, interviewed refugees and orphans, and provided humanitarian relief to those in need.
The trip was facilitated by the Education Above All Foundation as well as Qatar Charity.
Students visited Nedaa Al Khair Society in Amman, Jordan. With direct engagement and exposure being an important element of their experience, the students learned about the hardships of poverty and the challenges faced by less fortunate children. Gifts and basic food items were provided to the children and their families.
Among other locations, the delegation visited the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation, where they analysed the institute's ongoing developmental projects, partook in children activities and proactively contributed to the betterment of the lives of dozens of impacted individuals.
Faisal al-Mohannadi, senior student engagement supervisor at HBKU who led the trip, said, 'One of the primary goals we wanted to achieve by organising this trip was to expose our students to global conflicts through personal and humanitarian lenses.
'Our students have heard about these conflicts, however, we believe it is just as critical to their educational process to provide them with the opportunity to experience these situations first-hand. Much is to be learned in this process, and our students will use this learning experience to probe, analyse, and present recommendations through their theses and dissertations on ways to alleviate overall suffering.
More than 1,000 food baskets were provided to the needy throughout the trip. Additionally, the delegation worked with HBKU Press, the university's publishing arm, to distribute children's books with the aim of promoting literacy and a love for reading among the children. The students and their supervisors also took part in site seeing and expeditions within the city of Jarash and the governorate of Al Batra.
Other areas visited by the students included cancer-treatment centres and Madraset Insani for humanitarian relief. Clothing banks and school development projects were other integral aspects of the trip.
'We witnessed first-hand how important it is to help fund these educational programmes, which cater to the needs of displaced refugees. We left Jordan with unforgettable moments and life-long impressions, which we will continue to cherish as we return home, said Saleh al-Horr, a College of Science and Engineering student who went on the trip.
On the final day of the trip, the delegation was hosted by the Qatar embassy in Amman, as they described their experiences and offered tokens of appreciation to Abdulaziz Mohamed al-Sadda, the embassy's counsellor in Jordan.

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