Ensuring stability through quality education and skills development for young Syrian refugees in Jordan
As a result of the protracted crisis in Syria, Jordan has been receiving a high influx of Syrians crossing the border to find refuge. The Jordanian Government has been responsive to the matter, particularly with developing measures supporting public school enrollment for Syrian children.
The presence of the refugee population has placed additional demands on the local education system, with for instance larger classes representing a strain on teachers and existing students. Further, the post-conflict trauma experienced by the young refugees needs to be appropriately addressed and managed in order to minimize and prevent violent behaviors and reduce the likelihood for drop-outs.
Drawing on the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) framework, and in partnership with the European Union Delegation to Jordan, UNESCO’s Amman Office has pooled together a wide range of expertise to support the Government of Jordan in response to the crisis-induced pedagogical challenges, and to sustain quality education throughout the country. The project aims to address the needs of both Syrian refugees and the Jordanian host community. Safeguarding the quality of education offered to both groups is essential in ensuring young people with access to a range of educational and training opportunities that will support active participation in the economy and a better engagement within their communities.
The EU-funded project seeks to mitigate the impact of the humanitarian crisis by establishing a comprehensive educational response that includes teacher training, pedagogical support, and strengthening national capacity to implement rights-based, gender-sensitive education policies. The project will also include demand-driven skills development through Informal Education (IFE ®), Non-Formal Education (NFE ®), youth mentoring and referral programmes in the camps. These initiatives aim to encourage voluntary re-entry to the education system or other forms of training.
This multi-faceted approach promotes an environment conducive to UNESCO’s educational interventions by enabling the displaced Syrian youth to become more resilient and help create a stable ground for the sustainable delivery of a quality education in an extremely insecure context.
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