Situation of Children in Jordan


Innovating for children

UNICEF Jordan continues innovating to accelerate results in partnership with the government and civil society, with a specific focus on reaching the most marginalized and vulnerable children and youth in Jordan. Integrated and cost-efficient approaches are being scaled up to reach more children in need despite limited resources available.


1. Makani (My space) - "I am safe, I Learn, I connect"


The No Lost Generation initiative calls on the international community to act now to protect the future of children affected by the Syria crisis. Among the 628,000 Syrian refugees registered in Jordan, 330,000 are children, and 230,000 of these children are school-aged.

Although the Government of Jordan has provided access to schools for Syrian refugees to the extent possible, out of the 230,000 Syrian refugees that are school-aged, only 142,000 are enrolled in the public school system. An additional 30,000 children attend informal or non-formal education. Approximately 58,000 children are not participating in any form of organized learning. In addition, an estimated 30,000 vulnerable Jordanian children are also out-of-school. UNICEF seeks to ensure access to education for all children, particularly those who have not been reached by any education services to date. 

Efforts to expand the formal education system are needed, but planned school construction will not meet the needs of the currently out-of-school children in the near future. 

UNICEF’s innovative Makani
– My Space approach aims to expand learning opportunities for all children not accessing any form of education in Jordan. Makani centres have a holistic approach that provides all vulnerable children and youth with learning opportunities, life skills training and psychosocial support services under one roof.

2015-2016 priorities for scaling-up alternative education, psychosocial support and life-skills opportunities  

UNICEF’s existing network of over 20 national and international Non-Governmental and Community Based Organization partners are mobilizing to offer an integrated package of life-skills training, psychosocial services and alternative education at over 200 centres nationwide. As of October 2015, a total of 128 Makanis are operational across the country.
UNICEF is also exploring innovative IT-enabled platform to scale-up access to quality learning opportunities. 

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In 2015, UNICEF is targeting 90,000 out-of-school children with learning opportunities and over 200,000 boys and girls with psychosocial support (PSS) all across Jordan. In addition, 58,000 vulnerable adolescents and youth are targeted with basic life skills training to provide them with opportunities for active participation in constructive social change.  

Key activities 
· Expand existing child friendly centres nationwide to become learning centres 
· Monitor performance to promote adherence to minimum standards, using innovative IT-enabled platforms including mapping and real-time monitoring 
· Train facilitators on participatory and blended (IT enabled) learning 
· Provide suitable and high quality education learning materials 
· Support the Ministry of Education to assess learning and provide “letters of equivalency”  to acknowledge children’s learning achievement
· Provide child protection-related services including psychosocial support training and integrating the concepts of psychosocial support into academic subjects 
· Expand youth engagement/social cohesion via life-skills training and youth-led initiatives. 
· Support community child protection committees to expand outreach activities; strengthen the link between the Makani, care-givers and children; and increase focus on the most marginalised, vulnerable and at risk young people. 

The MAKANI model also promotes social cohesion through community-based committees formed in the catchment area of each centre, trained to strengthen outreach to vulnerable children, to refer identified children in need to appropriate services and to raise awareness on child rights, while promoting understanding between refugees and host communities and building social cohesion.  

Monitoring & Evaluation   
UNICEF in humanitarian situations follows the Humanitarian Performance Monitoring Framework with standardised monitoring and evaluation activities and tools. Sets of Key Performance Indicators and targets are set up in line with the Appeals (3RP). UNICEF M&E Officers and Field Monitors check the quality of service delivery of partners on the ground through weekly field visits. An online real time monitoring platform specifically developed for the Makani approach is in pilot phase. 



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