Sustaining Quality Education in Jordan

© UNESCO, Young Syrian refugees dancing traditional Dabkeh as part of the informal education programs, Za’atari camp, Jordan, 2013

"Sustaining Quality Education and Promoting Skills Development Opportunities for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan"

 

Budget (US$): 5.6 million
Source: EU Delegation in Jordan
Dates: 2013-2015/Ongoing
Beneficiaries: Syrian youth in refugee camps and Jordanian and Syrian youth in urban areas

The UNESCO-Amman office, with a 5.6 million USD funding from the European Union (EU) Delegation in Jordan, is currently implementing a three-year project over 2013-2015 to support the Government of Jordan in mitigating the impact on the quality of education in the Jordanian education system resulting from the challenges posed by protracted presence of the Syrian refugees while strengthening the response capacity of the Ministry of Education in times of emergencies.

In line with the objectives of the Syrian Regional Response Plan (RRP 5 and 6) and the Government of Jordan’s National Resilience Plan, the project seeks to provide Jordanian teachers with adequate training opportunities by empowering them with situational skills to address their pedagogical challenges arising from the sudden influx of Syrian students into host community classrooms.

Consistent with the ‘No Lost Generation Initiative’, the project complements existing humanitarian responses centered on formal schooling by providing alternative learning pathways to the larger majority of young refugees still out-of-school (2 out of every 3 children) due to lack of documentation or other barriers by offering skills development opportunities through informal, non-formal education and mentoring programs.

This project has the following areas of focus:

  • promoting access to informal education (IFE), non-formal education (NFE) and life skills for Syrian refugee children and Jordanian youth;
  • enhancing the capacity of teachers and Ministry of Education trainers to sustain the quality delivered to Syrian refugee and Jordanian students; and
  • strengthening the response capacity of the Ministry of Education in times of emergencies by providing tools to address data and information gaps.

Implemented in partnership with the Queen Rania Teachers Academy (QRTA), the Jordanian teachers’ professional development component seeks to ensure that quality of education delivered by the Jordanian Education System keeps its high standard and doesn’t get compromised by sudden addition Syrian children enrolled in formal schools.

Teachers are being equipped with new interactive teaching methods and adaptive strategies to face unanticipated pedagogical challenges as a result of accommodating the new students in their classrooms. By training a large cohort of Ministry Trainers and Teachers, the project has put in place a systemic situational response capacity within the Ministry of Education that can be re-used and embedded in other regular school-based pedagogical support.

Through the Non-Formal Education, UNESCO and its implementing partner Quesctscope are working with the Jordan Ministry of Education to focus on quality assurance issues and to improve the learning experience of children who were unable to enrol in formal education for variety of reasons.

The IFE program is currently implemented in Za’atari Camp and in 3 urban areas in Jordan. In both urban areas and the camp, there is a strong demand for IFE as justified by waiting lists of children for future enrolment in UNESCO-run IFE Centres.

The Youth-Mentoring program operated in the Za’atari Camp by Questscope is successfully fostering pro-social behavior, reducing youth violence attitudes problems, thus increasing their commitment toward self-defined learning paths including their community engagement, better inclusion and social cohesion in Za’atari Camp.

Through the project and in Cooperation with a US-registered INGO namely Community Service Foundation (CSF) established in Singapore, the UNESCO Office in Amman is also providing technical capabilities to the Jordanian education authorities in implementing rapid large survey via mobile phone technology to collect basic data on voluntary basis from Syrian refugees’ youth and higher education eligible students in need of educational services in Jordan. The data will be used by the Jordanian education authorities and/or partners to design and develop appropriate interventions to support educational aspirations of youth.

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