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U.S. to help Jordan enroll Iraqi students in public schools
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16:02, August 23, 2007

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The United State is expected to offer "substantial aid" "within days" to help Jordan cope with the burden of admitting tens of thousands of Iraqi children to public schools, the Jordan Times reported on Thursday.

A U.S. State Department official, who preferred not to be named, was quoted as saying that the decision will be made this week when Ellen Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, visits Jordan.

He did not mention the amount of aid to be disbursed.

On Wednesday, Sauerbrey arrived in Turkey on a weeklong Middle East visit and is scheduled to visit Jordan on Friday.

In Jordan, she will meet with several Jordanian government officials and non-governmental organizations assisting displaced Iraqis to discuss the education initiative to help Iraqi children in Jordan go to school and stay in school, and observe the refugee processing operation.

On Aug. 7, the Jordanian Ministry of Education finalized a decision to enroll Iraqi students in public schools as of the beginning of this scholastic year, including those without a prerequisite residency permit.

In July, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched a 129-million- U.S.-dollar appeal via the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help bolster host countries such as Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon in providing education services for Iraqi children across the region during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Source: Xinhua

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