Secondary school students in Jordan have been attending summer camps in various parts of the country to take part in agricultural and development programmes.
GV Tents and campers with sign in Arabic giving name of Al-Bahhath (6 shots)
MV Campers levelling ground (2 shots)
GV Sieving soil for plantation (2 shots)
MV Campers clearing and widening road (3 shots)
MV Picture of King Hussein, drawing of worker and Wasfi El-Tell portraits
MV INTERIOR SCUs compere cleaning mosaic pictures in church (4 shots)
MV & CU Trainees at military camp being given instruction in weapon handling (3 shots)
GV Trainees marching and on parade (4 shots)
GV & CU Wireless division and sign-board (2 shots)
CU & GV Trainees listening to lectures (3 shots)
MV & CU Trainees lectured on wireless sets and equipment (6 shots)
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Background: Secondary school students in Jordan have been attending summer camps in various parts of the country to take part in agricultural and development programmes. In addition, the young men also undergo basic army training during their stay at the camps.
The camps were originally called "Al-Hussein Work Camps" and were the result of a programme started by former Jordanian Prime Minster Wasfi El-Tell. But after his assassination last year in Cairo, the summer camp project was continued -- and the sites are now called "Martyr Wasfi El-Tell Work and Development Camps".
One is located west of Amman and is the Al-Bahhath Camp; another is the Madaba Camp, south of the Jordanian capital. A third is the Zarka Military Camp. On Wednesday (28 June) Visnews Cameraman Gorge Haj was given the opportunity to film the students at these camps working on a number of different projects.
The camps are sponsored by various government organisations and serve different purposes.
Nine of the camps are sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the sessions last for three weeks. Some 2,500 campers take part in various development programmes arranged with assistance of other ministries, such as public works, municipal and rural affairs, agriculture and tourism and antiquities.
A number of other camps are organised by the Jordanian armed forces. There, about 300 students undergo military training given during the school term.
The Boy and Girl Scouts also organise some of the camps. The Scout caps are financed by the youth organisation. Leadership training is a major purpose of the camp and many of the 3,000 young people taking part in projects there are selected for additional training at the permanent scout camp in north Jordan.