Country

Jordan

Located at the crossroads of the Middle East, Jordan shares borders with Iraq, Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Unlike many of the country’s eastern and southern neighbours, Jordan has no oil deposits and as such, services, tourism and U.S. foreign assistance are central to its economy. A blueprint, known as the National Agenda, articulating the country’s path towards long-term political, economic and social reform has yet to be fully implemented, though multi-party politics were introduced in 1992.

Jordan
source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14


Main Barriers to Education

  • Conflict
  • Refugee status
  • Weak School Administration

Interventions to Barriers

  • Data maintenance & analysis
  • School management & teacher training
  • Psychosocial support & adapted curriculum

Since the onset of the crisis in Syria, Jordan has hosted approximately 600,000 Syrian refugees – 140,000 of whom are children. It is estimated that of these children, 35,000 are out of school. For its part, UNRWA has registered roughly 16,000 Palestinians from Syria, many of whom lacking legal status face arrest, detention and forced return. UNRWA estimates that almost 80 percent of Palestinians from Syria battle daily to meet basic needs and rely entirely on the aid organisation.

School-age children coming from Syria struggle in the country and often suffer from psychosocial stress and trauma. Furthermore, girls and children with disabilities’ access to education is particularly inhibited. The strain on Jordan’s resources is apparent, as overcrowded classrooms are on the rise and the quality and extent of on-going public education reform initiatives have been compromised.

To start to redress the situation concerning Palestinian and Syrian children in Jordan who have been affected by the conflict, EAC has partnered with UNRWA and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to increase access to quality primary education for OOSC; provide psychosocial and survival skills support; deliver learning content adapted to the aggravated setting; improve the quality of teaching; ensure safe learning environments; construct/rehabilitate learning spaces; and train school management staff. 

 

Geographic Location: Middle East

Languages: Arabic (official), English
 

source: UNRWA, WORLDBANK, BBC, WORLD FACT BOOK, UNESCO

Year added: 
2013

Projects

Education for Palestinian Refugee Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict (Successfully Completed Project)

With EAC support, the UNRWA Education for Palestinian Children out of Syrian school because of conflict project is working to bring quality primary education to 67,680 out of school Palestinian Refugee Children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria who have left Syrian schools due to conflict.
Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria (Successfully Completed Project)

Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria (Successfully Completed Project)

The crisis in Syria is now in its fifth year and every day the risk of a lost generation of children grows. Nearly 14 million children have been affected by escalating conflict. Half of all Syrians are displaced and close to 2 million children have fled for neighboring countries and are living in overcrowded camps, inadequate informal settlements, or host communities, where tensions are rising between refugee and local populations.

Partners

United States Fund for UNICEF

EAC and the United States Fund for UNICEF have partnered to provide education to Syrian internally displaced and refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

UNRWA

EAC and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East have partnered to provide quality basic education to over 100,000 Palestinian children in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.