Promotion of education and social integration of Syrian refugee children in Jordan
The civil war in Syria has forced many of its citizens to leave the country. By mid-April 2012, 12,500 Syrian refugees were registered in Jordan (mainly in Zarqa, Marfaq and Ramatha). According to Caritas Jordan, the total number of Syrian refugees was estimated to be between 90,000 and 100,000. 6,000 students were registered in Jordanian schools, 722 of them in Marfaq, where also 484 children aged 8 to 16 were registered.
The scheduled time of the project was the period from 1 June to 31 December 2012. The project was implemented in Marfaq and Zarqa, and in Amman. The activities of Caritas Poland were supported by Caritas Jordan. The overall aim of the project was to increase the scholar adaptability and integration of the children of Syrian refugees in Jordanian society, and to raise the professional qualifications necessary in their adult life. This aim was to be achieved by activities addressed to two groups:
- 200 children (100 girls and 100 boys) were provided informal education, preparing them for studying in Jordanian schools, and facilitating assimilation in the Jordanian society. Syrian children aged between 6 and 15 participated in compensatory classes of Arabic, English and mathematics, together with their Jordanian peers (25 in both Marfaq and Zarqa). Sport and artistic activities, promoting friendship and cooperation, were conducted as well.
- 150 people (aged 16-40) attended vocational trainings (production of food, cooking, baking, sewing).