MECI is proud to announce a new partnership with MALALA FUND!
Both MECI and Malala Fund are committed to girls’ education and recognize a significant need for educational programming for Syrian refugee girls.
In 2016, with support from Malala Fund, MECI will provide informal and remedial education to 900 Syrian refugees and Jordanian adolescents living in Jordan.
- Informal and remedial education to 800 adolescent girls and boys ages 10 – 14
- Life skills development to 100 adolescent Syrian refugee girls ages 13 - 17
Based on MECI existing programs in informal and remedial education in Jordan, this program targets adolescent Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian students who are either out-of-school or attend public school but require additional academic support. MECI will offer psychosocial support through art and sports, as well as life skills sessions to assist them in dealing with the challenges of daily life. MECI’s aim is to establish a foundation of academic knowledge as well as emotional support that can help equip girls to continue their education and transition into formal schools.
MECI also recognizes the challenges that adolescent Syrian refugee girls face when living in an unfamiliar environment. As a result, MECI, with support from Malala Fund, will also conduct a weekly Girls Club for 100 Syrian refugee girls, which focuses exclusively on adolescent girls ages 13 – 17. The Girls Club will not only offer them a safe and welcoming environment where they can meet on a weekly basis, but will provide them critical life skills. The life skills sessions will expose the girls to a number of activities, skills and knowledge to open them up to their society and opportunities.
MECI’s Girls Club for adolescent Syrian refugee girls in Jordan will be based on MECI’s proven and successful Girls Club model in the West Bank, operating since 2011. Adolescent aged girls are offered academic support, psychosocial therapy outlets in arts, sports, music and drama, and life skills development. The Girls Club’s success was evident in 2015, when all girls who participated, graduated from high school with 100% retention. They not only achieved 20% above the national average on their final exams, but 10 of the most vulnerable and top graduates are now benefiting from MECI's University Scholarship Fund to pursue their education and achieve their dreams. MECI is proud of this program and hopes that adolescent Syrian refugee girls can benefit as remarkably as adolescent girls in Palestine!
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