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.
Announcement of any scholarship for bachelor’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.
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.
The Hashemite University offers Syrian students in Jordan to enroll in the university with discounted rates of 20% for Bachelor’s degree programmes under the Parallel International 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).
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.
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. DEADLINE was 10 September 2020.
- EDU-SYRIA scholarship programme, funded by the European Union Trust Fund “Madad” offers bachelor’s degree scholarships for Syrian refugee students in Jordan. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN. DEADLINE was 30 September 2020.
- EDU-SYRIA scholarship programme, funded by the European Union Trust Fund “Madad” offers diploma degree scholarships for Syrian refugee students in Jordan. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN. DEADLINE was 30 September 2020.
- EDU-SYRIA scholarship programme, funded by the European Union Trust Fund “Madad” offers bridging for bachelor’s degree scholarships for Syrian refugee students in Jordan. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN. DEADLINE was 30 September 2020.
- Arizona State University (ASU) and the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) offer the 15th and LAST cycle of online master’s degree (OLSP) programmes in 33 different specializations (engineering, technology, mathematics, health, education, tourism, etc.) for the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN. DEADLINE was 7 October 2020.
- Luminus Technical University College offers diploma scholarships for Syrian refugee students in Amman and Irbid. Applications are now being accepted. APPLY NOW
Third-Country Scholarship-Complementary Pathways
- The Japanese Initiative for the Future of Syrian Refugees (JISR) funds master’s degree scholarships for Syrian refugees to study in Japanese universities accompanying their nuclear family members. The registration period usually starts in September through November of every year. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN
- 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. Applications are usually open starting in January until February of every year. WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPEN
1. Opportunity of free training programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan:
Education for Employment (efe Jordan) announces the opportunity for free training programmes in the following fields:
- Graphic design (applicant must have previous experience)
- Digital marketing and social media management
Applicants must be:
- Of Syrian nationality
- Aged 18 to 35
- Educational background: diploma or bachelor’s degree
- Knowledgeable of using computers
Applicants residing in all governorates of the Kingdom may apply for this opportunity.
- Copy of the service card (Ministry of Interior card)
- Copy of the UNHCR Asylum Seeker Certificate
- Remote learning for three hours a day through Zoom
- Candidates will receive an internet card valid to use throughout the training period (one month)
- Candidates will receive a certificate from efe Jordan
To apply, please call the following numbers: 0796575057 or 0786124344; or fill the online form: https://forms.gle/CNFPSYTz4pzNoJ3t7
In case the lines were busy, you may send a WhatsApp message to the number 0786124344 containing the full name (composed of 4 parts) and you will be contacted. Please keep in mind that seats are limited, and the deadline is Thursday 17 September 2020.
2. 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).
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.