(MENAFN - Jordan Times) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a gathering of key Christian and Muslim leaders and local youth groups in Madaba on the occasion of Easter. Around 100 youth attended the event during which USAID representative Leslie MacKeen highlighted the fact that 70 percent of the population is under the age of 30, and that 112,000 new jobs are currently required per year.
She stated that USAID is working hard with the government to support the creation of jobs in key sectors such as tourism, information communication technology, bio-technology, and business process outsourcing and vocational training. Latin Father Nichola Ad Dawood said Easter is a time to think about the future and reflect on the challenges that Jordan faces. Other speakers were Saleh Al Khwatreh, director of the Madaba branch of the Al Wasatyiah Islamic Forum, and Madaba Governor Waleed Abeda, who both emphasised the positive ties between Christians and Muslims. Attending the event were university-aged students, students from local secondary schools, Mosaic School and members of the local Young Women's Christian Association and Princess Basma Foundation.
The gathering concluded with games and trivia contests as well as Easter gifts donated by USAID.