The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been working to provide education and psychosocial support to the many Palestine refugee children displaced from Syria by the country’s long-running conflict. Support from the European Union (EU), which has contributed over EUR 2.4 million through its Instrument for Stability (IFS) fund, has helped the Agency design and implement a comprehensive response to the educational and psychosocial needs of these children, who are among the most vulnerable to the effects of the conflict.
Planning for and work on behalf of displaced students has taken place across the Agency’s fields of operation. In Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, UNRWA has identified and established child-friendly spaces for forcibly displaced refugees, and plans to distribute Back to School Kits before the 2013/14 academic year. In these three fields, the Agency plans to appoint and train a total of 53 pschyosocial counsellors to respond to students’ needs.
In April, UNRWA organized a five-day capacity-building workshop in Amman, providing guidance and support in the development of self-study materials. With this training, the Agency’s office in Syria developed a complete set of such materials for grades 1-9 (available at http://syria.unrwa.org/edu), while staff in Gaza are creating a series of TV learning modules, based on the Syrian curriculum in Arabic, mathematics, science and English, which will be broadcast on the UNRWA satellite channel.
The support from the IFS has enabled UNRWA to offer summer learning and recreational activities for more than 8,000 children in Syria and Lebanon. The Agency is complementing IFS support by drawing on its own resources, including the Teacher Development and Student Empowerment (TDSE) and Inclusive Education programmes, and is working to train teachers across UNRWA in the delivery of high-quality education to children in emergency situations. As the conflict in Syria continues, UNRWA remains committed to providing Palestine refugee students, both those who remain within Syria and those who have been displaced, with the education and support that they require.
See the self-study materials developed for grades 1-9.