Saif Al-Sharaa


Restoring the hopes of young refugees

The conflict in Syria, which started in 2011, has provoked a large-scale displacement in the region, as well as substantial disruptions in vital social sectors in host countries, including education, posing significant pressure on host communities.

Saif Al-Sharaa applied for asylum in Jordan in 2013. In Syria, he had obtained his Tawjihi (secondary school certificate), but was unable to continue his studies. Then the UNESCO Office in Amman – in the framework of the Syrian Crisis Response Plan adopted by the Government of Jordan, with the financial support of the Republic of Korea, and in cooperation with Luminus Technical University College – set up a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme for vulnerable young Jordanians and Syrian refugees.

As a result, Saif was able to benefit from one of the 250 scholarships the programme offered and go back to school. First he took a training course in civil engineering, then went on to study business management, working as a waiter in a café at the same time. Once he graduated, he realized his dream: he became the owner of the café and turned it into a bright and friendly place for people to get together.


UNESCO and Korea provide TVET training scholarships to Jordanian and Syrian youth

The project is implemented by the UNESCO Amman office, which has been taking a leadership role in ensuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development Goal 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.


I feel really lucky to have this great opportunity to start a new career and obtain an internationally recognized certificate. I enjoy the practical part of our assignments the most and when I finish the program, I have a few employment possibilities already lined up
Khaleel Al Shahmeh

Asma Al Ahmad fled the war that was devastating her country, the Syrian Arab Republic. She then lived in a refugee camp in Saadnayel, Lebanon. For two years, she was deprived of schooling. Last year, at age 16, the young woman was finally able to attend a middle school set up by UNESCO. For Asma, as for all the hundreds of thousands of out-of-school youth in conflict situations, it was a vital need, the key to finding meaning in her life and imagining a possible future.

Enrolling in this school has given me hope, I hope I will have a future and succeed in life. I hope one day I can fulfill my dream of becoming an engineer.
Asma Al Ahmad

With funding from KSRelief (Saudi Arabia), the UNESCO Office in Beirut and the Kayany Foundation, a Lebanese NGO, launched ‘UNESCO Middle Schools to Support Syrian Refugees’ Education in Lebanon’ in Saadnayel and Meksseh, in the Bekaa region. These schools are specially designed to help children re-enter the educational system and catch up with the class corresponding to their age group.

Basic Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

UNESCO’s project “Supporting the Completion of Basic Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” is funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and implemented in partnership with Kayany Foundation.

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When I enrolled in school after a two-year break, I realized that my educational level was very low. But I was determined to succeed. Within a few months, I went from Grade 1 to Grade 5. I love this school. Besides the regular classes, it gives us access to other activities.
Asma Al Ahmad