Jordan

Providing education to refugee populations and upholding fundamental child rights.

Facts and figures

- Four projects
- 310,000 refugee children affected by conflict
- 7,401 total participants

What is happening in Jordan?

Jordan has traditionally been a safe haven for refugees across the Middle East - but the effects of the conflicts in neighbouring Syria and Iraq have increased pressures inside the small Kingdom in recent years.

Jordan is currently home to over 750,000 registered refugees - mostly from Syria. This figure represents the second-highest refugee rate per person of any country in the world. Yet in reality the actual figure may be as high as twice that when unregistered refugees are taken into account.

This massive influx of refugees has had an overwhelming effect on social and economic stability inside Jordan. Water and healthcare supplies are regularly disrupted. Tension between host communities and new arrivals is increasing - particularly following a series of unpopular economic reforms.

Refugee children in Jordan face particular problems. Many refugees are unable to work - putting extra pressure on children to work illegally to support their families. These children also face significant barriers to accessing education - including security concerns and a lack of trained teachers.

Have a look inside one of our Safe Spaces in Jordan

“I love my teacher. I want to become one myself in the future."
Salma (12) from Syria

What we do

War Child Holland supports the work of War Child UK inside Jordan.

We aim to provide children with the opportunity to reclaim their childhoods and rebuild their futures after years of violence. Inside our network of ‘Safe Spaces’ children from all communities can play, learn and develop. We implement child protection, education, psychosocial support and youth empowerment interventions.