Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Catch-up courses encourage children to go back to school - SRE Project


The Ministry of Education reports 212,463 registered school aged Syrian refugees in Jordan. Of this number, 126,127 were reported enrolled in public schools for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Although the Ministry of Education recently declared all Syrian refugees must be accepted at their nearest school, even without documents, there seems to be a gap in implementation of this law, as well as other barriers to attending school.

This being said, other forms of education outside the formal system are extremely important in helping students return to school, or educating children who cannot return to school. These forms of education include catch-up courses, drop-out courses, and remedial courses.

Community Facilitators participating in the Syrian Refugees Empowerment Project funded by Open Society Foundation spread information about schooling options, both formal and non-formal. Nisreen Almuslimy reported a special interest by her beneficiaries in catch-up and remedial courses. Almuslimy said this interest stemmed from beneficiaries’ personal experiences of having children who had been out of school anywhere between 1-3 years.

Beneficiaries reported catch-up schools as extremely important because they help prepare students to return to school. This is vital, as being in an incorrect class-level hurts a child’s education and self-esteem. Catch-up schools also helped students who reportedly dropped out of school as a result of what they have being told and encouraged to leave school and work instead.

Nisreen Almuslimy, and the entire group of community facilitators, bridged the gap between programs offered and awareness of these programs by spreading vital messages to over 800 Syrians and Jordanians in Zarqa and Amman.