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.

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


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Education for Palestinian Refugee Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict

Education for Palestinian Refugee Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict

Successfully Completed Project

Together, EAC and UNRWA, through the Education for Palestinian Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict project brought quality primary education to 66,969 out of school Palestinian Refugee Children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria .
Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

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.



In partnership, EAC and UNICEF USA are providing quality primary education to 95,000 displaced children in Syria through offices in Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep.


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