JOR NRC Safe and Inclusive Schools (SIS) Programme

Switzerland aims to reduce barriers to sustainable solutions for children and adolescents through education programming in Jordan. With the project planned initiatives, capacity strengthening, evidence-based research and training, the school community will be mobilized for positive action within their schools and the improved knowledge and practices will increase the overall quality of teaching and learning, which in turn will improve retention rates in formal schools.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Secondary education
Primary education
Teacher training
01.02.2023 - 31.12.2025
CHF  989’900
Background Refugees in Jordan will continue to live in protracted displacement in the medium to long term, uncertain of whether they could ever reach any of the three durable solutions to displacement: return, resettlement, or local integration. Despite the measures put in place by the Government of Jordan, and the commitment of the international community translated into financial and technical assistance, barriers persist in terms of refugees becoming self-reliant while in Jordan.
National-level measures, put in place by the Ministry of Education to cope with the influx of refugee school age children and, consequently, with the pressure on the education system, present challenges in the short/medium term as the system and schools across the country struggle to cope with the additional burden of students as a result of the Syrian crisis on one hand and the shift of hundreds of thousands students from private to public schools as a result of the worsening economic conditions in the country on the other. Burdened schools, especially double-shift schools (DSS) hosting refugees, are experiencing protection issues and limited readiness for teaching and learning. Under experienced teachers in these schools lack the pedagogical skills or experience necessary to effectively address issues of over crowdedness, disrupted classrooms, or to support children dealing with the effects of trauma or stress. Many children continue to be in need of additional support to be able to learn, keep up with the learning programme, and actively participate inside their classrooms.
Objectives Increase access to quality education for refugee and vulnerable children through school and national-level focused education programming. 
Target groups

Direct target beneficiaries: 13’530 individuals in 20 unique schools (50% M/F and 25% of the overall target are refugees) Families of beneficiaries; estimated 5 members per family; will indirectly benefit from this action Which will make the total number go the total beneficiaries exceed 65’000


Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Refugee and Host community children and adolescents, girls and boys, have access to Quality, Safe and Inclusive formal Ministry of Education (MoE) schools

Outcome 2: Refugee and Host community underachieving children and adolescents, girls and boys, gain additional knowledge and skills to improve their wellbeing and increase the likelihood of their retention in education

Outcome 3: Duty bearers revise policies and practices to reduce barriers to education for refugee students 


Expected results:  

1.1. MoE formal schools are supported in ensuring safe and inclusive learning environment and quality education. 

2.1. Refugee and Host community children and adolescents, girls and boys, are engaged in learning support services

3.1. Research and advocacy messages, aimed at the Education system, are produced to influence changes in policies and practices.

Results from previous phases:  

  • Safe and Inclusive Schools (SIS) Quality Assessment tool, which supports schools in measuring their progress towards achieving the quality standards with regards to safety, inclusiveness and learning support, in line with the technical support NRC provides. The tool showed an improvement of 30%-40% across all quality standards through-out the intervention. Nevertheless, NRC learnt that they should focus on increasing parental engagement and participation within the schools, which feeds into the inclusiveness standard.
  • Teacher’s Knowledge Assessment tool showed that 66% of teachers could identify key topics and messages covered in the training, which is slightly below the desired result. As a result, NRC is in the process of making changes to the content delivered to ensure that trainings are tailored to teacher’s needs as well as improving the tools used to capture the knowledge gained in a more effective manner.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Norwegian Refugee Council

Coordination with other projects and actors

The NRC is represented in all relevant coordination bodies in the country and is a member of and a host for the Jordan INGO Forum (JIF) NRC represents NGO education actors in coordination platforms with the Ministry of Education.

A contribution to NRC’s Safe and Inclusive Schools (SIS) programme will complement the planned longer-term engagement through South Cooperation funding to support Jordan in its endeavours to strengthen education governance and the ability to respond effectively to crisis; under EP 7F-10693. It also complements the educational programme implemented by Relief International (RI) in camps and host communities which focusses on completion whereas NRC focusses on access and the learning environment. 

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    989’900 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    475’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    1’979’800
Project phases Phase 2 01.02.2023 - 31.12.2025   (Current phase)