UNESCO-IIEP trains Jordanian Government officials in educational planning, to address Syrian refugee crisis

IIEP has trained 35 government officials in methods to assess the budget implications, for the Jordanian education system, of a full enrolment of Syrian refugee children. The challenge is how to maintain the same quality of education that Jordanian schoolchildren have been receiving, while accommodating the refugee children. Thanks to the support of the Bulgarian Government, the 5-day training workshop (2–6 June 2013) was organized in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Education, and the National Centre for Human Resource Development (NCHRD).

In the past two years, with the conflict in neighbouring Syria escalating, as many as half a million refugees have crossed into Jordan, increasing its population by 10 per cent, and putting a great strain on the education system. “There are smaller border towns where the population has doubled,” said Ousmane Diouf, the IIEP Programme Specialist who conducted the workshop. 

The practical workshop covered educational sector planning, projection techniques, and simulation models, with the goal of providing participants with the necessary skills to respond to the funding gaps resulting from the massive influx of Syrian refugees. It also provided an opportunity for Ministry staff to adopt key aspects of the Minimum Standards of the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

“Jordan has invested a lot in its education system to reach high achievements over the past; this training is a timely initiative that will allow planners to bridge the gap between the pressures of emergency and development concerns”, said Dr Abdallah Ababneh, the President of the NCHRD.

“Projection techniques and simulation models are at the core of educational planning, as they help to translate policy objectives into implementation scenarios that provide sound basis for policy-makers to opt for the most realistic and feasible strategies. These are evidence-based advocacy tools necessary for policy dialogue and for the formulation of better educational strategies,” said Mr Claude Akpabie, Programme Specialist in the Education Sector, UNESCO Amman Office.