- Teacher Training and Professional Development:
In April 2013, UNESCO began the training of a total 450 trainers who will be deployed for cascade training of over 2,000 teachers across the country in collaboration with QRTA to be completed by April 2014. The teacher training modules adhere to internationally-recognized standards for education in emergency and post-conflict situations as provided by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards.
- Youth non-formal and formal education
In March 2013, UNESCO launched its learning and mentoring activities for out-of-school Syrian refugee youth in urban areas and Za’atri refugee camp with partner Questscope, to create supportive and stable spaces that foster positive social development among Syrian youth in Jordan. The following activities will be sustained for a period of three years:
- Mentoring for 1,050 youth in Za’atri camp through 140 trained Syrian mentors and 28 Syrian/Jordanian case managers in group and one-on-one settings aiming to address continuous reports of violence in the camp stemming from the youth population facing limited activities and insufficient mechanisms for community engagement. UNESCO/Questscope are the only actors offering youth mentoring to develop pro-social behaviour and reduce aggression problems, increase youth community engagement, and support positive adult-youth relationships inside the camp.
- IFE for at least 240 youth in Za’atri camp through at least 8 trained Syrian facilitators.
- IFE for 540 Syrian refugee youth in urban areas (Ramtha, Mafraq and Irbid) being provided through local community-based organizations by 12 trained facilitators.
- NFE for over 3,000 Jordanian and Syrian youth in urban areas through 50 NFE centres and 300 trained facilitators.
Furthermore, UNESCO will address the lack of information about secondary and post-secondary level Syrians by mapping the needs of youth (7-24) through a comprehensive census leading to further provision of demand- driven vocational training, literacy and livelihood programs, as well as mentoring, informal and non-formal education in the camps and urban areas.
Resource scarcity, violence and insecurity are major challenges at Za’atari Camp. “How can we trust one another in a place where there are no rules?,” a Syrian refugee in Za’atari Camp asked.
The EU-Funded Program of Mentoring and Informal Education coordinated by UNESCO in cooperation with its implementing partner Questscope, relies largely on the strength of trust building and the promotion of a sense of community among various actors in the camp to create a more conducive environment for children to take full benefit of learning opportunities. Trust and dialogue established between facilitators and students, mentors and mentees, Questscope staff and the Camp community are seen as powerful tools to engage and build the resilient capacities of the Camp’s most vulnerable youth as well as the foundation of security and hope.
When considering the context of the Camp—its social structures, inhabitants, and potential— it becomes evident that all the refugees are suffering from the lack of mutual trust and a stable social or community structure. To help overcome this challenge, Questscope and its sponsors believe in a three-pillar approach:
1. Create structured opportunities for shared activities
2. Create benefit for all parties
3. Engage the community in demand-driven program design and creation process
The Mentoring Programme coordinated by UNESCO aims to identify young community leaders in Za’atari Camp to lead a process of capacity - building for their younger peers, of commitment to individualized learning and community engagement. The Programme will:
1.Train 28 Jordanian and Syrian Case Managers to oversee the mentors’ trust building sessions and referral processes.
2.Train at least 140 young Syrian mentors over the age of 25 to provide guided educational and social activities, basic counseling, conflict resolution skills, and community service opportunities to younger peers
3.Bring more than 1,050 young people between the ages of 9-20 into restorative, guided trust-based relationship to redirect their violent behavior towards resilient attitudes and positive outcomes
4.Strengthen the network of service providers in the camp
- UNESCO’s Informal education (IFE) Programme in the Camp seeks to engage a portion of the more than 20,000 young people in Za’atari that are disconnected from the formal education system after fleeing the violent situation in Syria. Education is a highly relational activity that depends on the trust between a student and his or her teacher. IFE allows students to play a significant role in guiding their own learning process with trained Syrian facilitators. IFE Program has already proven in this Syrian crisis context to increase literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills of Syrian young children who missed formal schooling opportunities since their arrival in Jordan. The Programme will:
1.Train 8 Syrian Camp residents to be IFE facilitators to implement IFE through the Participatory Learning Methodology©
2.Provide 700 hours of IFE sessions for at least 240 out-of-school boys and girls
3.Track students’ progress based on each student’s Educational Development Plan (EDP)
4.Refer graduates to formal education and vocational training opportunities available inside the Camp