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Educational support for Syrian Children in Jordan
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Published on 21-08-12

Since the crisis in Syria began, almost 40,000 Syrians have flooded across the border into neighbouring Jordan to seek refuge. Of these, thousands are children of school-going age who have seen their lives uprooted and their education interrupted. Apart from the implications for their learning, this absence from school can have a profound impact on their personal and social development as they struggle to cope with the distress of displacement. That’s why the EU, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education in Jordan are working together to ensure that,even in the most challenging of situations, these children can claim their right to a quality education.

    Educational support for Syrian Children in Jordan

    With the support of Save the Children International, the school in Ramtha is one of the many across the country providing remedial courses and recreational activities to children throughout the summer. The camps provide a mix of fun and education to ensure that children are ready to move to the next grade when the school year starts afresh in September.

    Some 7,500 Syrian children, primarily concentrated in the cities of Ramtha, Mafraq, Irbid, Amman, Zarqa and Ma’an, are currently enrolled in public schools in Jordan. The EU has granted €5.4 million in emergency funds to UNICEF and the Jordanian Ministry of Education to cover, among other things, the cost of fees and textbooks and expenses related to the rehabilitation or the renting of schools for adolescents and children with disabilities.

    During the visit to Ramtha, the EU and UNICEF underlined the vital importance of supporting the education of vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian children. EU Head of Delegation, Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, noted, “Children have the right to quality education regardless of where they are. Projects like this one are vital in ensuring that children are able to carry on learning despite the difficulties they face, helping them to better prepare for their future."

    UNICEF Representative for Jordan, Ms Dominique Hyde, added, “School is not only important for educational purposes, but also for children to make friends and develop routines to help them cope with the distress they have been through.”

    This project complements the "EU support programme to the second phase of the education reform" in Jordan, as well as EU efforts to address the humanitarian crisis resulting from the ongoing unrest in Syria.

    In the past months, the EU has approved €40 million in humanitarian funds, as well as €23 million for development, to assist the Syrian population and refugees in neighbouring countries in coping with the unrest and its consequences, and preparing for a political and economic transition.

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