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Help us fundraise $50,000 for MECI Jordan to help disadvantaged and refugee youth in Jordan!
Currently over 84,000 (36%) of Syrian refugee children in Jordan ages 5-17 are out of school and a startling number have never been to school. The risks faced by children struggling to catch up academically by years lost to war, displacement and poverty also directly affects their ability to integrate and thrive in their new host communities.
In late 2013, the Middle East Children’s Institute received a grant from UNICEF to create and implement an Informal Education Program for Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The program is based on MECI’s holistic education model which has been customized to meet the needs of at-risk Syrian refugee children, many of whom have been out of school since the conflict began. MECI's programs also help out of school Jordanian children who live in close proximity with Syrian refugees and face challenges staying in school due to financial pressures on families.
The program combines education enrichment, child protection, psychosocial healing and life skills development for children and youth. MECI developed a unique curriculum for three levels of learning in English, Math, and Arabic which is approved by the Jordanian Ministry of Education to meet learning requirements and enable the children to reintegrate into the public school system.
MECI works in partnership with the Ministry of Education which allows access to the public schools to deliver the program. Our program targets children ages 6-12, who do not reside in refugee camps. MECI reaches these children through Syrian outreach counselors, hired from a pool of local applicants using MECI's strict criteria and who are trained in child protection.
To date, MECI Jordan's educational programs have impacted the lives of almost 10,000 Syrian refugee children and disadvantaged youth in Jordan in just 4 years. The program has grown from 3 schools in one city in 2014 to 23 schools in 4 regions and 9 cities in 2017.
MECI Jordan is established as a locally registered international NGO with a thriving office in Amman.
MECI Jordan outcomes in 2017:
94% of illiterate students demonstrate academic improvement
88% of all students demonstrated academic progress in Arabic, English and math
98% show improvement in life skills development, reflecting leadership and problem-solving
89% demonstrate behavioral progress after 3 months of exposure to the program
Stress in students is reduced by an average of 6%
88% of teachers improve their quality of teaching through observation and ongoing training
Thousands of Syrian and Jordanian children, parents and members of the community have participated in community engagement sessions which enhance social cohesion
Through MECI, children and youth are given a safe-space to learn and explore, and coping mechanisms to develop and thrive. Communities are given tools towards building a strong future civil society in peace & stability.