The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has launched an initiative to combat violence in its schools across the Middle East by teaching children tolerance and conflict resolution, but teachers and refugees doubt the scheme could work in the poverty-stricken camps. A new code of conduct was unveiled in Amman last week by senior UNRWA officials, governing relations between teachers and students as well as parents, to promote disciplined and violence-free schools. UNRWA-run schools in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza will be governed by the new code, set up by students themselves through their parliament, according a UNRWA spokesman in Amman. (IRIN)

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