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MENAFN - Jordan Times - 24/09/2012

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Thousands of Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp and elsewhere will begin the school year this week. Many of them have fallen behind after missing as much as one year of school (Photo by Raad Adayleh)
(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Syrian children in the Kingdom will begin school this week, with some bussed to public schools and others attending classes at the Zaatari Refugee Camp.

Some 140 Syrian children residing in the Cyber City complex will be transported to public schools in the city of Ramtha starting on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the issue.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also noted that before the end of this week, tent classrooms will be set up at the Zaatari camp in Mafraq where students will begin school.

The tents will initially accommodate up to 2,000 students and be expanded to accommodate 4,000 students within two weeks.

Holding classes in tents is only a temporary measure until more permanent structures are established.

The Bahraini Royal Charity Organisation and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation signed an agreement early this month to build a compound comprising four mobile schools that can host up to 4,000 students and will be built in accordance with Ministry of Education standards.

UNICEF will cover the cost of the schools and the salaries of the ministry's teachers who will work there.

Earlier this month, the ministry issued a statement explaining the process for accepting Syrian students in the Kingdom's schools.

According to the statement, Syrians residing in cities outside the camp and who are not registered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) can enrol in private schools or public schools, but will have to pay fees.

Syrians who are registered with UNHCR but reside outside the camp can join public schools and will be given one month to submit the required papers certifying that they are registered as refugees. Donor organisations will cover fees, schoolbooks and other expenses for these students.


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