We support children’s early development and increase opportunities for them to learn in safe, formal and informal settings. Ensuring the most vulnerable children have access to a quality education is a key focus of our work.
The barriers that prevent children from accessing a quality education start at an early age in Jordan. Most Syrian children living in the country have no access to services that help them develop under the age of 5. This can result in them not being ready for school meaning they are less likely to complete primary school or even go in the first place.
The cost of sending children to school is another issue as a result of the high price of transport combined with the long distances children have to travel to get to school alongside the expense of school fees and supplies.
There is also a lack of flexible, informal sources of education which restricts learning opportunities for children who are out-of-school.
The poor quality of education in Jordan is another key barrier for Syrian refugee children. Many public schools in areas where lots of refugees live are overcrowded, unsafe and the capacity of teachers is low. As a result, children, especially girls are at greater risk of verbal and sexual abuse which increases the risk of them dropping out of school.
When the quality of education is low, families who are struggling to make ends meet are more likely to pull their children out of school and turn to child labour and child marriage to help meet their short term needs.
Plan International works with local partners in Jordan to provide early childhood care and development services in communities that host Syrian refugees. We also work with parents and caregivers so they can help their children develop, including through emotional support.
We also support the Government in providing quality formal education and advocate for Syrians to get jobs as teachers and teaching assistants and positions in school governance so they can play a key role in preventing school dropouts.
In addition, we work alongside local partners to deliver flexible and innovative informal education for the most vulnerable children including girls who have been withdrawn from school to do domestic chores, child labourers and children with disabilities.
We are also working alongside the Education Working Group to advocate for increased access to non-formal education for children and young people aged 8-20, particularly those who have been forced into child labour.