Across the Middle East and North Africa alone, a staggering seven million Syrians are now registered as refugees.
A mere 332 miles away in neighbouring Jordan, over 650,000 Syrian refugees have sought safety hoping for a more stable future. Of course, Jordan is no stranger to hosting families who’ve fled violence and conflict. It’s the sixth biggest refugee-hosting country in the world, with a refugee population of over two million refugees, primarily from Palestine, Syria and Iraq.
However, 90% of these refugees are struggling to survive, classed by the World Bank and UNHCR as either poor or on the brink of poverty. What’s more, around 1 in 5 still live in camps where conditions are extremely poor.
For refugee children, the future remains uncertain. These children remain incredibly vulnerable and are unable to enjoy a safe, stable childhood. With long-term disruption to their daily lives, ongoing poverty and displacement, their development – including their education – has suffered greatly. In fact, across Jordan, more than 80,000 Syrian children are out of school because they are engaging in child labour, are unable to reach the local school or simply because their families cannot afford to send them to school.
As a section of Syrian children has never even been to school, they are left illiterate as they simply didn’t have the chance to acquire basic reading skills that we take for granted. Without the means to gain an education, their futures are slipping away. At risk of early/forced marriage and child labour, those who in fact do attend school face overcrowded classrooms with demand high and facilities lacking.