'Walk the Talk' for the Jordan Compact [EN/AR]

Report
from Jordan INGO Forum
Published on 17 Apr 2018

The ‘Jordan Compact’ presented at the 2016 London conference details major commitments aimed at improving the resilience of refugee and host communities, focusing mainly on: EDUCATION and LIVELIHOODS.

Progress

The enrolment of Syrian refugee children in public schools increased from 126,127 children in 2016-2017 to 130,382 in 2017-2018.

209 double-shift schools have opened across the country. 6,000 out-of-school children were provided with certified non-formal education, such as catch-up and drop-out programmes. A total of 118,107 children, including those vulnerable in host communities, were provided with non-certified learning support services.

The government set up in September 2017 a grace period enabling all children to enrol in schools, regardless of their nationality and documentation status.

It also accepted refugee children who had missed the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year enrol in the second semester.

Large teacher training programs were rolled out with 7,452 teachers, facilitators and school staff trained on psychosocial support, child-centred approaches and life-skills by the end of 2017.

A National Centre for Curricula Development was also established in order to support the development of educational materials, and encourage continuous curricula development and lifelong learning.

The system for collecting and managing education data in Jordan was considerably strengthened through OpenEMIS.

Challenges

40 % of the 212,000 Syrian school-aged children remain out of school in Jordan: the enrolment target set in the Compact for was missed.

The formal system remains overburdened, with overcrowded classrooms, condensed teaching time in double-shift schools.

The quality of education and of the learning environment have dropped and violence in and around school remain a strong concern. These factors are the main reasons for drop-out. 68 % of out-of-school Syrian refugee children who were previously enrolled in Jordan and have dropped out since.

The underlying reasons for being out of school: household economic hardship and the need for children to work; early marriage and homebound children; cost associated with schooling; distance to school and limited transportation options.

The barriers to school registration: the lack of documentation (despite the Ministry of Education policies), unavailability of a specific service and lack of available spaces in public schools.

Persistent poor learning achievements and employment prospects upon completing basic education.

The education sector faced funding gaps in 2017, with USD 106 million (67 %) underfunded against the required amount USD 158 million.