Jordan: EU, 30 mln to education dealing with Syrian refugees

First payment to cover extra costs for current year

13 December, 12:30

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 13 - The EU has given Jordan 30 million euros to deal with the consequences on its education system of the influx of Syrian refugees. This support will help the Ministry of Education extend education services to 70,000 Syrian students enrolled in public schools in host communities and in refugee camps.

    According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), the first payment of 15 million euros will be released this week to cover the extra costs for the current school year. The rest will be released during the next school year. "The Syrian refugee crisis poses great challenges to the region and in particular to Jordan and in this time Europe stands shoulder to shoulder with the Kingdom" said the Head of the EU Delegation to Jordan, Joanna Wronecka. "Access to education is a basic and universal human right and the EU together with Jordan are ensuring that this right is provided to the Syrian children" she added.

    The on-going crisis in Syria and the movement of refugees into Jordan has an impact on the Jordanian education sector. The EU support will cover the costs related to the additional 2,400 teachers that have been appointed, 80,000 additional schoolbooks that are being printed and distributed to the Syrian students, and double shifts that have been introduced in 80 public schools.

    The European Union is among the key donors in support to the education sector in Jordan. The EU is contributing to the implementation of the education reform strategy (ERfKE II) with 33 million euros which is particularly aimed to construct new schools, develop pre-service teacher training, increase the enrolment rate in pre-school education in underprivileged areas and strengthen special needs education. (ANSAmed).

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