Jordan has achieved universal primary education, with the latest primary net enrolment ratio at 96 per cent for girls and 98 per cent for boys. In secondary schools, it stands at 86 per cent for girls and 89 per cent for boys (SOWC 2015).


However, with an estimated 230,000 school aged Syrian children in Jordan as a result of the Syria crisis refugee influx, and the country is making every effort in providing learning opportunities for these children.


As the co-lead for education in emergencies, UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education and partners in providing education to over 165,000 Syrian refugee children in camps and host communities, in line with UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children (CCC) in humanitarian emergency contexts.  


To meet the urgent needs of adequate learning spaces, UNICEF collaborated with the MoE in identifying 98 schools in camps and host communities that provide education for Syrian children many of which operate in double shifts due to accommodate more students. While the additional double-shifted schools ensured adequate learning spaces, the increasing number of refugee children in double-shifted schools has meant a system of segregation. To address this, UNICEF continues advocating with donors for support in establishing additional learning spaces to decrease the number of double shifted schools. Concomitantly, activities to support social cohesion such as parent and student councils, and extracurricular are also being scaled-up to off-set the negative effects of segregation.


The programme focuses on strengthening the capacity of teachers and administrators, as well as training of counselors for psycho-social support to affected Syrian boys and girls. Access to education for children with disabilities is a priority focus in camps.


UNICEF also supports in establishing additional learning space in places with high number of vulnerable Syrian students registered at public schools, as well as providing education supplies including classroom furniture, school-in-a-box kits as well as school bags and learning materials to school children, and water, sanitation and hygiene education services.

In addition, UNICEF is supporting the strengthening of alternative education, through development of a framework for informal education and the launch of a non-formal education component, so that children can continue accessing learning programmes even if they miss out or cannot enroll to the formal education system.



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