655,895 Syrian refugees are currently registered in Jordan - that's 10% of the country's entire population.
80% of refugees in Jordan live outside the main camps in cities and towns.
16,000 Syrians live in informal tented settlements (ITS), mostly in remote locations in the desert. They often live in inadequate shelters and lack access to aid services, education, and food. Child labour is frequent in these settlements, and the UN estimates that 41% of all school-aged children in these camps have never attended formal schools in Syria or Jordan.
75,000-85,000 refugees have been stuck along the Jordanian border since the government closed its borders to Syrian refugees in July 2016. Al-Jazeera reports that there is a severe lack of sanitation and running water. 95% of households on the border do not have access to enough food, and medical assistance is 'almost non-existent'. At Refugee Utility Project, we have partnered with Acting for Change Jordan to create permanent educational opportunities for children stuck in 'the Berm', as the border area is known.
1/3rd of school-aged children were not in formal schooling in Jordan as of August 2016. This is made even worse by the Jordanian government's decision to not allow children back into education if they have missed three years of schooling. By working with local groups to establish informal educational opportunities, RUP hopes to bridge the knowledge gap for Syrian children who are not attending Jordanian schools.