Presentation of the findings from the initial phase of the EU-UNESCO Jami3ti Initiative

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Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UNESCO hosted an event on 25 June 2015 to present the findings of the EU-UNESCO Jami3ti initiative. This initiative, which is generously funded by the European Union, seeks to better understand the Post-Secondary and Higher Education learning needs of Syrian Refugees in Jordan. The event brought together over 55 representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UNESCO, the European Union Delegation, institutions of Higher Education in Jordan, international and local organizations, and foreign embassies. In her speech, UNESCO Representative to Jordan Ms. Costanza Farina noted that, “For most of the last four years, Higher Education has not been seen as a priority for international support in the context of the Syria crisis. However, granting continuous higher education opportunities for Youth affected by the conflict is critical, if we want to build a robust human capital base that can effectively...

Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UNESCO hosted an event on 25 June 2015 to present the findings of the EU-UNESCO Jami3ti initiative. This initiative, which is generously funded by the European Union, seeks to better understand the Post-Secondary and Higher Education learning needs of Syrian Refugees in Jordan. The event brought together over 55 representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UNESCO, the European Union Delegation, institutions of Higher Education in Jordan, international and local organizations, and foreign embassies.

In her speech, UNESCO Representative to Jordan Ms. Costanza Farina noted that, “For most of the last four years, Higher Education has not been seen as a priority for international support in the context of the Syria crisis. However, granting continuous higher education opportunities for Youth affected by the conflict is critical, if we want to build a robust human capital base that can effectively and positively contribute to the future reconstruction efforts in Syria and ultimately to peace and security in the region.” The Jami3ti initiative was developed to address this information gap for Syrians between the ages of 16 and 30. The specialized Jami3ti website (www.unesco.org/jami3ti) allows Syrian youth to create individualized education profiles and providers of opportunities a central place to advertise their opportunities. The information collected will assist the response to the Syrian crisis by providing data on the Higher Education needs of Syrian refugees. And it will help Syrian youth connect with potential educational opportunities. To date, over 2,000 Syrian refugee youth have started education profiles on the Jami3ti site.

To carry out the initiative, UNESCO developed an SMS based survey that was delivered to Syrian youth in the country between the ages of 16 and 30. This free-of-charge mobile survey allowed individuals to express their interest in higher education opportunities and to receive credentials for the Jami3ti site. Additional support was provided through the provision of a dedicated computer lab in Za’atari camp. A call center in Jordan was also commissioned to support those that were interested in participating throughout the Kingdom. UNESCO is also working with education service providers to create institutional profiles on the Jami3ti site so that potential opportunities for Syrian refugees are listed and accessible.

''This is a very first step in a journey that will bring young Syrians, many of them having an interrupted study, back to forms of higher learning. The launch of this portal is an important milestone in responding to the challenges facing the Syrian people's future'', Ambassador of the European Union, Joanna Wronecka stated in her speech.

In his closing remarks, the Ministry of Higher Education Secretary-General Professor Dr. Hani H. Al-Dmour thanked the European Union and UNESCO for its support with this initiative. He stated “The Jordanian universities are ready to receive Syrian students in coordination and cooperation with the funding bodies, and to provide all facilities to them. I call on the international community and international donors and service providers alike, to take advantage of the Jami3ti website and work with the Jordanian government and private and public Jordanian universities to better plan for providing Educational opportunities for the young Syrians.”

For more information about the initiative, please visit: www.unesco.org/jami3ti or contact Jami3ti(at)unesco.org

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