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Jordanian Schools Enroll Undocumented Syrian Refugee Children

[9/26/2017 6:55:30 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki recently approved a government policy to allow Syrian refugees without identification documents to enroll in government schools.

Typically, to join the formal education system in Jordan, Syrians have to display special ID cards issued by Jordan's Interior Ministry designating their refugee status.

The country's State Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani reaffirmed Razzaz' statement, stating that "in line with our value system in Jordan, we do not accept that any child be left without education."

When asked whether additional students in schools would lead to overcrowding, Momani explained that the Syrian refugees will attend 200 schools with double shifts that the Ministry of Education recently opened.

The Ministry of Education will also implement catch-up education programs with accelerated learning programs for children who have missed more than three years of school.

UNICEF representative Robert Jenkins applauded Jordan's commitment to provide education for Syrian refugee children.

"UNICEF stands by the Ministry of Education in doing everything we can for every child to access quality education and get a fair chance in preparing for a better future for themselves and their families."

According to official government figures, more than 126,000 Syrian refugees were receiving public school education in Jordan last year, with 80,000 out of school for multiple reasons, including not having the required identification documents. There is currently no official estimate on the number of children who will benefit from the new policy.

According to a report by Save the Children International, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, refugee children without access to education are more vulnerable to child marriage and child labor.

"Schools also provide a safe space to recover from the psychological distress that many who have fled extreme violence have experienced."


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