GIZ and OFID joined the ongoing Madrasati Initiative in 2015 to expand their activities to 8 more schools which are particularly affected by the influx of Syrian refugees. The program focuses on the renovation of schools, the establishment of youth clubs with extracurricular activities and the training of school teachers.
The Cooperation with Arab Donors Program (CAD) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) collaborate in Jordan through the Madrasati project. Their aim is to renovate public schools and to strengthen teachers in areas that are particularly affected by the rising numbers of Syrian refugees in the country.
Launched by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2008, Madrasati (“My School”) works under the legal umbrella of the Jordan River Foundation and aims at enhancing the educational experience of students and providing them with a safe physical environment to learn, develop and grow. The initiative set out to improve the learning environment in 500 public schools across the country. As many schools do not have sufficient financial means to do so, additional funding is well-received.
In order to achieve those goals, the Madrasati initiative includes efforts to upgrade the schools’ physical environments, to implement dynamic and needs-driven educational programs, and to bring together public, private and non-profit sectors in a comprehensive education initiative.
Following the surge of Syrian refugees in Jordan as result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and the agreement by the Jordanian Government to enrol these students in public schools, the need arises to direct more resources to Jordanian public schools to better absorb the increasing number of new students. The estimated number of Syrian refugees in Jordan lies at 1.4 million, out of which approximately 35% are aged between 5 and 17.
The project supported by GIZ-CAD and OFID is supporting eight schools in five Jordanian governorates (Amman, Irbid, Mafraq, Balqa, and Karak) that have high numbers of Syrian refugees. Among the activities the initiative supports are the renovation of schools, the establishment of youth clubs that strengthen students’ interests in art, music, leadership skills and sports, and the Proud to Be A Teacher program that enhances the teachers’ capacities, skills and motivation.