Recycling course for displaced students in Syria

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A chandelier made of recycled magazine by the participants of the Engaging Youth project recycling course held at the Damascus Training Centre. © UNRWA/ Taghrid Mohammad

Students displaced by the four-year armed conflict in Syria are benefiting from a recycling course given by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

Twelve students took the first two-month course at UNRWA's Damascus Training Centre, which focuses on the handicraft industry and recycling.

The agency says the course enables students to turn their experiences of hardship and displacement into what it calls "powerful catalysts for acquiring new job skills" and potentially new livelihoods.

The students were tasked with reusing plastic cutlery, wrapping paper, magazines and empty cans.

From those materials they developed innovative products including chairs, boxes of crayons, toiletry holders and chandeliers made of magazines.

The course is funded by the European Union.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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