Rehabiltiation of public schools accomodating Syrian refugee children

Education is one of the public sectors particularly under pressure due to the influx of refugees. There are currently 143,000 school-aged Syrian refugees enrolled in public schools in Jordan, another approx. 83,000 remain out of school. Overstretched infrastructure and lack of space are major challenges. SDC will continue to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) in non-structural rehabilitation of schools accommodating Syrian refugees, including water and sanitation facilities, contributing to increase the accommodating capacities. The project will also include an awareness component addressing maintenance issues.

Country/region Topic Period Budget

Education facilities and training
Primary education
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.04.2016 - 28.02.2022
CHF  4’000’000

The formal education system is facing major challenges to ensure access to inclusive and quality education: lack of school space, insufficient maintenance, widespread violence and vandalism in schools, lack of trained and experienced teachers etc. There are currently 226,000 school aged Syrian refugees in Jordan, of which only 143,000 (64%) are enrolled so far (118,000 in host communities and 25,000 in camps). 83,000 children remain out of the formal education, of which 50,000 are eligible to attend formal education. To assure access to learning opportunities for all children in Jordan by the beginning of the scholastic year 2016/2017, the government, with support of the international community, plans to establish 102 double shift schools additionally to the 98 already set up.


The delivery of education for all eligible children, including refugees, by the state has improved.

Target groups
  • 24,000 females and males Jordanian and Syrian refugee students, teachers, parents and school administration in 30 schools, with a priority given to double shift schools and schools with high percentage of Syrian students.
  • MoE maintenance unit
Medium-term outcomes
  • The learning environment of around 30 public schools is improved, safer and well maintained.
  • The accommodation capacities of schools have increased.
  • Hygiene conditions of students are improved.
  • The technical capacity of the maintenance unit at the MoE is strengthened.

Expected results:  

  • Around 30 school buildings are rehabilitated according to MoE standards
  • Safety relevant rehabilitation in min. 15 schools
  • Min. 60 awareness campaigns for 2,000 students, 140 schools faculty members and 300 parents in maintenance and conservation of premises conducted
  • Min. 5 additional classrooms have been created through rehabilitation
  • Min. 10 sanitation facilities at schools are rehabilitated
  • Min. 30 sessions of hygiene promotion campaigns conducted
  • Introduction of assessment and monitoring templates at the maintenance unit of the MoE
  • Study tour to Lebanon conducted

Results from previous phases:  

SDC has supported the rehabilitation and expansion of 58 school buildings benefitting 50,000 students, including 6,700 Syrian refugee children, as well as the provision of furniture through three previous phases. The key results were:

  • The accommodation capacity of the schools was increased and approx. 1500 additional students’ mainly Syrian refugee children were enrolled
  • The learning environment and safety at the selected schools were improved
  • The level of awareness among students to preserve their schools increased

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk

Other partners

GIZ for the WASH components

Coordination with other projects and actors

The project is contributing to the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) 2016-2018 as well as the Jordan Compact. It complements the efforts of UNICEF’s WASH in schools programme as well as engagements of other relevant actors (USAID, GIZ, NRC, JEN etc.). As an active member of the education sector working group, the education donors group and UNICEF education WASH group, SDC strives to seek synergies and exchange of experiences.

Synergies also exist with the WFP school feeding programme supported by SDC.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’466’749 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   2’200’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   3’785’000
Project phases

Phase 4 01.04.2016 - 28.02.2022   (Active)

Phase 3 01.11.2014 - 29.02.2016   (Active) Phase 2 10.07.2013 - 30.09.2014   (Active) Phase 1 01.06.2012 - 31.03.2013   (Active)