Supporting Teachers to Improve Foundational Learning for Syrian Refugee Students in Jordan

Foundational Learning Case Study

Female teacher helps student learn in classroom.


Even before the extended COVID-19 school closures, many of the 34,000 students in Jordan’s Syrian refugee camps faced difficulties acquiring foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN) skills. Upon schools reopening, UNICEF found that over three quarters of Grade 5 and 6 students in the camps were unable to read at a Grade 3 level. Without adequate reading skills, these children were unable to access the wider curriculum and therefore at increased risk of dropping out.

In response, UNICEF, in partnership with the Jordan Ministry of Education and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), developed the Jordan Reading Recovery Programme (RRP) to support Grade 5 and 6 students struggling with reading and to improve their foundational literacy skills.