UNESCO - UN Women Joint Programme - Hospitality trainings

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

vocational training “Introduction to hospitality”
UNESCO-UN Women Joint Programme “Empowering rural women in Mafraq Governorate”, Photo Credits: UNESCO


Amman, 5 March 2017 – 24 women and men from the community of Umm el Jimal (Mafraq Governorate) completed last week the vocational training “Introduction to hospitality” at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. The training falls within the framework of the UNESCO – UN Women Joint Programme “Empowering rural women in Mafraq Governorate”, funded by UN Women and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan.

The training was designed by UNESCO in close cooperation with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and is part of the Programme’s component targeting the development of hospitality services for tourists at the archaeological site of Umm el Jimal. It included sessions on culinary basic crafts; food and beverage service techniques and presentation; serving safety and food hygiene; risk management and safety at work; food and beverage costing and menu planning; and basic nutritional education. The team of trainees included women and men from Umm el Jimal, aged between 16 and 50 years, who will be in charge of hospitality services in Umm el Jimal in the restaurant premises currently under finalization, and located at the north-western entrance to the site. The hospitality services are part of the comprehensive tourism package developed by UNESCO and UN Women at Umm el Jimal, and are benefitting the women’s cooperative “Ladies of Umm el Jimal District” in cooperation with the Municipality of Umm el Jimal.

“We have really enjoyed this training, thank you for this opportunity!” says Ouafae, a trainee and mother of 4 children “As soon as summer comes, we will prepare our conserves and pickles with products from Umm el Jimal, and sell them to tourists to generate income” she adds.

For more information, please contact:

Angela Atzori, Project Officer, UNESCO Amman, email: a.atzori@unesco.org

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More information:
  • Contact Person: Susan Al Hilo susan.alhilo@unwomen.org