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Providing the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School in Amman with computer lab and school bags for Syrian refugee's children

Amman and the area surrounding it are attractive to refugees, who can find accommodation and work there, and for this reason it assumed the considerable burden connected with the continuous influx of refugees, which constitutes an enormous cost for the city budget and puts pressure on its infrastructure. Due to the continuous influx of refugees, the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School had to make room for 200 additional students in the 2015/16 term. The school lacks the infrastructure for, among others, teaching about the new media or using the computer technology in everyday life. Since the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School accepts only girls, supporting it also bolsters the situation of women in Jordan, including their position in the labour market, where, traditionally, women have fewer opportunities than men. 

The Middle East Children's Institute in Jordan (MECI) is implementing an educational project addressed to children of Syrian refugees, including, among others, compensatory classes for children whose education was interrupted as a result of war. However, the school lacks equipment for its IT and multimedia classroom. Most of the refugee children suffer from trauma and have difficulties functioning in a group or establishing relations with their peers and they experience exclusion. Common educational activities conducted by the MECI volunteers and teachers with an appropriate infrastructure will help them adjust socially, develop self-organisation and discipline skills as well as teamwork skills. They will also have a significant impact on their future in the labour market.

Providing the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School in Amman with computer lab and school bags for Syrian refugee's children

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Amman and its local partner, the Middle East Children's Institute Jordan (MECI). Its objective is to support secondary education and develop social skills of the children of Syrian refugees allowing them to integrate as well as increase the opportunities for women in the Jordanian labour market.

The project provides for equipping the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School with a modern computer lab and purchasing starter sets for students beginning their education at school (a school bag, 3 course books, notebooks, writing supplies). It will allow the school authorities to use their resources to face other challenges posed by the quickly increasing number of students at school, the consequence of providing access to the system of universal education for children of refugees officially in 2011. Thus, the children of refugees will be able to continue their education. Moreover, the fact that Jordanian children will be able to participate in the activities and the computer lab will be available to both Syrian and Jordanian children during the projects organised by MECI and the school authorities, will ease the tensions among the local community resulting from the influx of refugees and help to integrate the children and their parents.

The Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School in Amman is the direct beneficiary of the project. At present, 600 Jordanian children and over 200 children of Syrian refugees living in the vicinity of the schools receive education there.

Providing the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School in Amman with computer lab and school bags for Syrian refugee's children

The project was implemented from 10 October to 8 November 2016. The computer lab in the Tla Al Ali Girls Secondary School in Amman was provided with the necessary computer equipment: Twenty computers and a multimedia projector. The children of Syrian refugees received 500 starter sets consisting of bags with school supplies, such as pens, notebooks or crayons. The students attending the school - 600 Jordanian children and over 200 children of Syrian refugees, are the beneficiaries of the project. The children and the local community will benefit from the computer equipment purchased within the framework of the project for many years to come.

The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid and its value amounted to PLN 62,624 (EUR 15,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.