The Ministry of Education and sector partners (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNESCO and donors) are making collective efforts to improve equitable access to quality inclusive education for all children including refugee children. The Ministry of Education facilitated 1 and double shift schooling in camps and in host communities to accommodate refugee children.
Additionally, the Ministry of Education, together with the support of key stakeholders established and implemented certified non-formal education programmes, mainly the Drop Out and the Catch Up Programmes, targeting out of school children three years or more. ECED and inclusion of children with disabilities are key priorities set by the MOE for which UN agencies and education sector actors/donors are providing support. UN agencies along with its partners provide learning support services to refugee children who need additional learning assistance.
Teachers capacity building is another priority for MOE. Hence, efforts exerted in supporting school principals and supervisors in camp schools and urban to become better instructional leaders and assisting the development of school improvement plans and self-evaluation for greater accountability.
UPDATE: Please note that, as per the decision of the Jordanian Ministry of Education, all Syrian students enrolled in public schools are exempted from the donation fees and cost of educational books throughout the academic year 2020-2021. This decision applies to all public schools in the Kingdom, both in camps and urban settings, including double-shifts schools.
For more information on the educational programmes below, please contact/refer all cases related to education to UNICEF Helpline 065509677 or the Ministry of Education hotlines: 065680081/ 065607181 ext. 2100
Learning For All Campaign
Formal Education System in Jordan
The structure of the educational system in Jordan consists of one year of pre-school education or kindergarten, ten years of compulsory basic education (Grades 1-10), two years of academic or vocational secondary education (Grades 11-12). At the end of the second year of high school, students take the secondary education exam (Tawjihi) for a certificate.
The instructions of the Ministry of Education allow children to be registered in formal education for those who have been out of school for less than three years.
Register in the nearest public school. It is not required upon registration in any school to provide previous school certificates. A copy of the service card issued by the Ministry of Interior for the Syrian community must be presented when registering at the school. In cases of transfer from one school to another, the last school certificate must be presented, according to the Ministry of Education instructions applicable in the academic year 2019/2020.
If you couldn’t register in a specific school, please go to the nearest neighbouring school that has absorptive capacity, and if you couldn’t register, please contact the Ministry of Education Helpdesk office 065607181 (ext. 2100) or UNICEF hotline 065509677.
Register your children with disabilities in school, as public schools receive children with mild to moderate disabilities.
Catch Up programme for Syrian Children
The Catch Up programme is scattered into three intensive educational levels for the first six basic grades (from the first to the sixth grade), implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Education. After undergoing diagnostic tests, the child accepted and enrolled in the level of the Catch Up programme according to his capabilities, and each student gets a school certificate issued by the Ministry. Children aged 9 to 12 who have not attended formal education permanently (do not have any reading, writing or mathematical skills) or have dropped out of education for a period exceeding three years, could register and enroll in the Catch Up programme.
To register in the Catch Up programme, please check with the nearest Directorate of Education on the date of the diagnostic exam. Bring a copy of the service card issued by the Ministry of Interior for the Syrian community.
Drop Out Programme
This programme provides an opportunity for students who have been out of school for 3 years or more and are in the age group between 13 and 18 years for males, and 13 and 20 years for females, where they can join and register in the available Drop Out programme.
The student is enrolled in the Drop Out programme after undergoing diagnostic exams to place him/her in the suitable level in the programme.
After graduation from the programme, the child can obtain a document equivalent to the tenth grade for the purposes of continuing in vocational training or home schooling.
The Drop Out programme is characterized by a participatory approach that encourages youth leadership and critical thinking, and also helps them to continue their education and set their future goals.
For more information, please contact the UNICEF Helpline 065509677 or the Ministry of Education hotlines: 065680081/ 065607181 ext. 2100
Higher education plays a pivotal role to master the skills earned, and invest in the knowledge received, opening the doors to future development, in terms of chasing better opportunity to livelihoods, engaging positively with communities to make a difference.
With knowledge and skills obtained from an accredited higher education institution and often the acquisition of a new language, educated young refugees stand a greater chance of becoming self-reliant; UNHCR considers refugee access to educational opportunities including higher education is a very high priority.
UNHCR is actively engaged with the Ministry of Higher Education to ensure access of refugee students in the higher education national system responding to the 2030 education framework to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
As per the latest decision of the Government of Jordan, and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, students and academic personnel that haven’t received their vaccine will not be allowed access to university/college campuses. If you haven’t received your vaccine yet, please visit our FAQs page by clicking here!
Announcement of any scholarship for bachelor’s or master’s degree, diplomas, vocational trainings, certificates, skill building and online learning programmes can be found by visiting UNHCR premises, this website, helpdesks, calling the Helpline or visiting our official social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
Habesha Scholarship - Mexico
The Habesha Project is offering scholarship opportunities for refugees in Jordan of all nationalities, to receive their higher education in Mexico, for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Applicants must be registered with UNHCR, aged between 18 and 24 for the bachelor’s programme and 22 to 28 for the master’s programme, has completed high school education (Tawjihi).
To apply, please fill in the application form through the following link: http://hpscholarship.proyectohabesha.org/en/
For more details on the programme and the required documents, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/3hcobZF
Applicants may also contact the Habesha Project through the following e-mail: [email protected]
Deadline for applications is Friday 9 July at 11:59PM (Mexico City Time).
Offers & Discounts from Local Universities
Ammon Applied University College (AAUC)
Ammon Applied University College (AAUC) is offering refugee students of all nationalities in Jordan similar financial support to that offered to Jordanian students, including:
- Reduction on the tuition fees for the different degrees in the Bachelor’s and Diploma programmes – based on the availability of slots
- Reduction in fees is applied to the cost of credit hours only
- Reduction amounts to 50% for female students and 25% for male students
- Student must be registered with UNHCR Jordan
- To view the list of programmes and tuition fees, please click here!
Arab Open University
The Arab Open University announced the opportunity for Syrian students in Jordan to enroll in the university at Jordanian students’ rates. The student must provide the Service Card issued by the Ministry of Interior and the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan.
For further details: http://www.aou.edu.jo/Pages/default.aspx
Al al Bayt University
Al al Bayt University announced the opportunity for Syrian students in Jordan to enroll in the university at Jordanian students’ rates under the Parallel Jordanian System. The student must provide the Service Card issued by the Ministry of Interior and the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan.
Tafila Technical University
Tafila Technical University announced the opportunity for foreign students in Jordan (Syrian AND non-Syrian) to enroll in the university at Jordanian students’ rates under the Parallel System. The student must provide the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan and Service Card issued by the Ministry of Interior (for Syrian students).
Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Al-Ahliyya Amman University offers Syrian students in Jordan to enroll in the university with discounted rates up to 30% for Bachelor’s degree programmes (depending on the major). The student must provide the Service Card issued by the Ministry of Interior and the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan.
Zarqa University offers Syrian students in Jordan to enroll in the university with discounted rates for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes. The student must provide the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan.
For details on the discounted rates, please click here.
Amman Arab University
Amman Arab University offers refugee students in Jordan of different nationalities to enroll in the university with discounted rates for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The student must provide the Asylum Seeker Certificate issued by UNHCR Jordan.
For details on the discounted rates, please click here.
For more information, please call Ms. Rand: 0795051111.
Luminus Technical University College LTUC announces the availability of 150 scholarship slots for Syrian refugees in and out of Jordan in the field of Advanced Software Development, accredited by the American academy CODE FELLOWS in Seattle.
About the programme:
The programme covers 900 hours of teaching and training within a period of six months and includes four levels:
- Code 101: introduction to software development (duration: one and a half week).
- Code 201: software development basics, creating fully functional web applications with its technical elements, organizing and designing projects, and developing methods for managing software projects (duration: 4 weeks).
- The age of the applicant must not exceed 34 years
- Intermediate level of English language
- Nationality: Syrian – registered with UNHCR and holds the service card issued for Syrian refugees by the Ministry of Interior (for Syrian refugees in Jordan only)
- Academic qualification required: Bachelor’s degree
- Full commitment and devotion for a period of six months, of no less than 8 hours a day, five days a week
Candidates interested in this opportunity are kindly requested to apply for the scholarship by filling the online application (click here) before the deadline of 31 December 2021.
For more information, please visit this website (click here).
Or send an e-mail to: [email protected]
You can also get in touch through social media platforms at:
UNHCR works to strengthen access to tertiary education through supporting scholarship programmes:
- DAFI Scholarship – The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative – funded by the German Government and private donors to cover bachelor’s level, is announced by July to September of each year, following Tawiji exams. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN.
Third-Country Scholarship-Complementary Pathways
- The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) is now providing displaced students from anywhere in the world with the opportunity to pursue their higher education at Columbia University.
This scholarship program is for foreign nationals with refugee status living anywhere in the world and Internally Displaced Persons.
The accepted students will receive full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing their undergraduate or postgraduate program. For more info and/or to apply to the 2021-2022 cycle, please visit https://cusds.globalcenters.columbia.edu/
- The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) manages the Student Refugee Program (SRP) which is a resettlement programme that provides opportunities for refugees to continue their post-secondary studies in Canada as a one-year sponsorship programme. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN.
1. Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program (YTP):
The Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program (YTP) is a free-of-charge online education platform that provides career awareness and exposure, in addition to courses in various skill areas to support transitions from education to employment.
Applicants must be of Arab nationality and aged 13 to 35. Eligible candidates are encouraged to sign up and benefit from this programme through the following link: https://youngthinker.org/
Use this special registration code dedicated for refugees in Jordan when signing up: #UNHCR
This programme is powered by Arizona State University (ASU).
Higher Education Opportunities Platforms
Al-Fanar Media (AFM) is among the top news providers in the Arab World, with a particular focus on higher education challenges. As an independent, nonprofit news organization, AFM has daily coverage of education, research, arts and culture. AFM has a particular focus on refugees and education in conflict zones.
In addition to news, Al-Fanar Media strives to provide useful information and resources to students, families of students, professors, faculty, and administrators. One of the most popular resources is the Scholarship Database for Arab students. Tight criteria is employed to filter only high-quality scholarships with titles that reflect reality. A weekly newsletter is also published that advertises the newest additions to this database.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
In response to the world’s global education emergencies, the Institute of International Education (IIE) supported by the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education developed the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER), an online clearinghouse enabling displaced and refugee students to connect with educational opportunities so they may continue formal and informal higher education.
Governments, NGOs, foundations and volunteers are undertaking great efforts to assist displaced and refugee students but are often unaware of parallel or similar initiatives in the field. Students find out about scholarships and other opportunities through coincidence or word of mouth and often lack the resources and knowledge to navigate the application processes. To bridge this gap, PEER created a holistic platform that offers a database with educational opportunities and additional resources for students. PEER engages with partners to share knowledge and best practices in higher education in emergencies, builds capacity within the PEER network, and creates new opportunities for collaboration among PEER partners.
Through IIE PEER, refugee and displaced students can search for, identify, and pursue scholarship opportunities all over the world, for a wide range of subjects. In addition to that, IIE PEER also catalogs hundreds of language learning and online courses that students may take advantage of to strengthen their skills.
Visit this platform and learn more by clicking on this link: www.iiepeer.org
DAFI Paid Volunteering Opportunity
UNHCR, in cooperation with Nour Al Hussein Foundation, announce the start for applications for a paid volunteering opportunity for refugees, to work as volunteering teachers for a number of refugee students in grades 11 and 12, and for the following subjects: biology, physics and science.
- Applicant has graduated from a Jordanian university, majoring in one of those subjects
- Applicant wishes to work as a teacher
- Applicant is registered with UNHCR
- Applicant is motivated, committed and can manage their time
Selected candidates will undergo a specialized training in teaching methods for grades 11 and 12, and will receive a participation certificate at the end of the programme, issued by UNHCR.
The duration of the volunteering job will be 4 months, starting in August 2021. Additional information on incentive and education plan will be made available during the interview.
To apply, please fill in the following form: https://forms.gle/jC5gE4Rk1Vy6cioZ9
Deadline for applications is 15 July 2021, at 12PM (noon).
For further information, please get in touch with the following numbers through phone calls or WhatsApp: 07994342270 or 0798266130.
UNHCR established 10 Connected Learning Hubs (CLH) in urban and 2 in the camps of Zaatari and Azraq, in partnership with Learning Equality and Google.org. CLH are learning centres that provide educational platforms which aim to strengthen the quality of education throughout digital learning resources.
It offers e-learning platform utilizing “Kolibri” platform focusing on mathematics, Arabic language, English language, science, technology and general knowledge. Learners can benefit from these resources as a resource complementing the local curriculum.
UNHCR and partners supported self-access of students and the functionality of virtual classrooms as viable ways to access the platform.
UNHCR aims at ensuring the continuity of learning support programs in line with the Ministry of Education’s s efforts reaching out to students.
Qualified refugees and Jordanian facilitators provide the required support to ensure a blended learning process. All female and male refugees and Jordanian students aged 13-17 years old can access the platform and the centres.
The project is implemented in urban through the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) 6 days a week from 9AM to 5PM, at the following Princess Basma Centres for Development (Innovation Labs) located in:
- Irbid/Aydoun | Nisreen Al-Masri | 0775639557
- Mafraq/Rahab | Taha Al-Masri | 0791949663
- Amman/Nuzha | Zakaria Mohammad | 0798139360 or 0795831298
- Amman/Hashimi (Queen Zain Al Sharaf Development Institute “ZENID”) | Murad Al-Sett or Mohammad Al-Sheikh | 0791074569 or 0797113895
- Balqaa/Kafrain | Hanan Al Zenn | 0790392077
- Karak | Seham Mousalli | 0797749021
- Ma’an | Ghassan Khilefat | 0772162249
This project is implemented by Blumont in Zaatari Camp, in Districts 2 and 6, and by CARE International in Azraq Camp, in Village 2, available 5 days a week from 9AM to 4PM:
- Zaatari Camp | Mohammad Al-Atrash | 0795194484
- Azraq Camp | Malek Abdeen | 0797117258
The fact that 50% of the Kolibri content was aligned with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum, MoE will be hosting the aligned content on its e-learning platform (Noorspace) during the distant learning phase responding to COVID-19.
This project is applied in collaboration with Learning Equality and is funded by Google.org.