Amman, Sep. 21 (Petra) — Dr Rana Dajani, a Jordanian scientist and founder of local organization ‘We Love Reading’ won Monday the year’s UNHCR Nansen Award for the Middle East and North Africa for her efforts in encouraging both refugee and Jordanian children to read for pleasure.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR’s) Nansen Award is an annual award to honor people who stand out for their support for refugees and displaced people.
Started in Jordan in 2006, Dajani began the “We Love Reading” with the goal of establishing a library in every neighborhood in Jordan, starting with her own in the capital Amman. The organization has trained over 4,000 refugees and Jordanians to become “Reading Ambassadors,” the UNHCR stated.
“Regardless of where you come from or what language you speak, learning to read and enjoy the magic of books is an essential part of childhood. But Dr Rana and We Love Reading have gone far beyond this in also creating hope for generations of refugee and Jordanian children. For this reason, we are proud to award her with the UNHCR’s 2020 MENA Nansen Award,” commented Carolyn Ennis, UNHCR Deputy Representative to Jordan.