Syrian refugees to be trained to rebuild Palmyra and other heritage sites; Anny Shaw; Art Newspaper


Syria – Site of Palmyra

World Monuments Fund launches scheme to teach traditional stone masonry in Jordanian town of Mafraq.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is launching a £500,000 scheme to train Syrian refugees living in and around the Zaatari camp on the Jordanian border in traditional stone masonry. The aim is to develop skills so that cultural heritage sites that have been caught in crossfire or destroyed by Isil can be rebuilt once peace is restored to Syria.

Organisers of the training course, which is due to launch in the border town of Mafraq in Jordan in August, are also hoping to recruit Jordanian students in a bid to alleviate some of the pressures put on the local community by the volume of people fleeing war-torn Syria.

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