Results around the world – Jordan
Since the onset of the Syrian conflict, Jordan has provided refuge to 655,000 registered refugees from Syria, the vast majority of whom live in rural and urban communities. This influx of people is straining the Government of Jordan’s ability to meet the needs of its citizens in critical sectors. This includes health, education, water and municipal service delivery.
Canada is providing comprehensive security, stabilization, humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon. In line with Jordan’s national plans, Canada’s programming in Jordan is strengthening the resilience and capacity of government, communities and people in:
- economic growth, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment
- municipal service delivery
In 2017-2018, Canada provided the following development support to Jordan:
Canada’s Support to Jordan’s Education Sector project trained over 38,000 teachers, principals and supervisors (of a country-wide education workforce of 84,500). These individuals received professional training in leadership, management and other key areas, to improve their performance in the classroom. In addition, all 3,550 schools and 42 field directorates in Jordan received technical and financial support to develop and implement gender-sensitive improvement plans to address their specific needs.
Canada continued to support the Jordanian Ministry of Education’s Scaling Up Access to Formal Education project, which has helped give 130,000 Syrian students, over half of whom are girls, access to education in host communities and camps. The project has also enabled 2,975 Syrian children to enrol in kindergarten (an increase of over 600% from the previous year).
Canada’s Youth Employment and Empowerment project gave 7,650 students at vocational schools and community colleges employability training and labour market skills in high-demand areas. This resulted in more young people securing permanent employment and more young entrepreneurs starting new businesses. An additional 550 youths benefited from vocational training programs in different sectors.
Canada’s Improving Solid Waste Management and Income Creation in Host Communities project launched a waste transfer station and a sorting centre in Irbid, as well as a composting facility in Mafraq with a production capacity of 40 tons per day. Overall, this initiative is benefiting more than 1.8 million people in 33 surrounding municipalities.
Canadian humanitarian assistance to UNICEF helped support over 200 Makani (“My Space” in English) community centres in areas hosting large numbers of refugee children. The centres provided over 180,000 beneficiaries (80% children; over half of them girls) with safe places to learn and grow, and helped channel children into formal education. The school enrolment rate for children attending Makani activities increased from 60% in January 2017 to 92% in December 2017. This program also helped 3,170 children who had been out of school for over three years to undertake a condensed curriculum to be able to join their peers in an age-appropriate classroom.
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