Thousands of children in Jordan attending ‘Summer Schools’ to compensate for missed school days

AMMAN, Jordan, 11 July 2017: Over 3,000 children have begun attending a Summer School programme established by the Ministry of Education and supported by UNICEF.

The programme particularly targets children who were previously out of school, and only enrolled for formal education when the Ministry of Education re-opened registration in the second semester, between January and March 2017.

The Minister of Education, H.E Omar Razzaz stressed that the Ministry of Education, in line with the Government of Jordan’s priorities, continues striving to provide education opportunities to all school children, including Syrians, along with their Jordanian peers and appealed to the international community for continued support.

Having missed the first semester, the Summer School programme assists these children in receiving additional schooling on all subjects appropriate to their grade, to fully complete a full academic calendar. Successful completion of the programme allows them to progress to the next grade level, when the new school year begins in September 2017.

The programme will run for six weeks in 45 public schools located across the country, in towns and urban centres, and Syrian refugee camps. The curriculum includes all subjects taught during the scholastic year in the Kingdom’s schools.
“UNICEF welcomes the Summer School initiative by the Ministry of Education which is another great step towards realizing the vision of all children in Jordan reaching their full potential,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative Robert Jenkins.   “We are grateful for the continued commitment of the Government of Jordan and the support from donors in improving access and quality of education for all children in the Kingdom,” he added.

The Ministry of Education and UNICEF collaborated to bring back experienced teachers to manage the summer school programme. Additionally, the programme is providing school supplies, learning materials, food and transportation for students and staff.

Over 126,000 Syrian children enrolled in public schools in Jordan during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Ministry of Education and UNICEF, will continue striving through the ‘Learning-For-All’ (L4A) campaign to ensure every child in the Kingdom is enrolled in school and learning.