Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada will provide continued support for education to help Jordan cope with the influx of child refugees from Syria. The announcement was made in Amman, Jordan, during the Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Middle East, from January 18-25, 2014.
As a result of the influx of child refugees from Syria, the school system in Jordan is under increased pressure to deliver basic education services to more children than ever before. This is putting a strain on the education system in recipient local communities.
Today’s announcement will strengthen the quality of basic education in Jordan by enabling the Ministry of Education to implement school improvements with a greater degree of responsibility and accountability.
- Support will be allocated to Jordan’s Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy (ERfKE) program, which is managed by the Ministry of Education.
- 35 per cent of the Syrian refugees in host communities in Jordan are school-aged children who are now attending Jordanian public schools, adding tremendous pressure to the education system.
“Jordan continues to show compassion and generosity by receiving Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis in their country. Our Government is committed to helping them address the challenges posed by the Syrian conflict. The support announced today will help ensure that all children in Jordan, whether local or refugees, have access to a proper education.” - Prime Minister Stephen Harper