Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Number of Syrian students in Jordan 'on the rise'  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Jordan Times - 09/06/2012

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The number of Syrians registered in Jordanian schools has topped 7,000, officials say, in yet another sign that the growing refugee community is preparing for an extended stay in the Kingdom.

According to Ministry of Education statistics quoted in a UN report released on Wednesday, some 7,300 Syrian students are enrolled in the Kingdom's public schools - up from 5,300 in April.

The rise in registrations comes in spite of the end of the second school term, a trend relief agencies attribute to a growing realisation among displaced Syrians that they will likely still be in the Kingdom at the start of the fall school term.

Um Samir, a 29-year-old Homs resident, is one of dozens of mothers who have come forward to register their children in recent weeks, in an effort to prevent her three sons from "falling behind" in their studies.

"If we can't return home we will live our life as normal; this is our way of supporting the revolution," said the mother of six from her one-room Mafraq apartment.

"They may destroy our homes, but they cannot destroy my children's future."

Officials have privately expressed concern over a potential influx of Syrian students into the Kingdom's public schools, many of which have already switched to a two-shift system due to overcrowding.

Although there are no current plans to reverse a policy allowing Syrians access to public schools, education ministry sources say that should the international community fail to step up its support to Jordan, the measure will be placed "on the table" for discussion.

Meanwhile, UNICEF and its local partners are boosting efforts to provide education and psycho-social support to children residing in so-called transit facilities: a collection of housing complexes where illegal arrivals are held pending a financial guarantee signed by a Jordanian national assuming full legal responsibility for the individual's or family's actions while within the Kingdom.

Relief agencies stress the importance of implementing social support programmes and child-friendly spaces for new arrivals, many of whom have suffered trauma from witnessing massacres and the sometimes life-threatening journey over the border.

However, the UN has yet to fulfil an 84 million pledge to support Syrian refugees announced in March, 40 million of which is earmarked for Jordan, and the UN Refugee Agency is already set to launch a second aid appeal to face a potential prolonged "humanitarian crisis".

Jordan continues to follow an open-border policy, having granted refuge to some 120,000 Syrians since the start of Damascus' military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in March 2011.


  MENA News Headlines

Click to Apply



Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Portfolio Tracker


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help