UNRWA Education in Emergencies Programme

Location: Syria (Palestine refugees)


The UNRWA Education in Emergencies (EiE) programme uses a multi-stranded, integrated approach, which involves:

  1. Delivering learning in different ways, through self-learning print materials and the use of UNRWA TV and interactive computerbased learning programmes, and establishing safe learning and recreational spaces for children to continue to learn and play;
  2. Providing more psychosocial support to children, with additional counsellors, recreational activities and awareness-raising for frontline staff on the importance of psychosocial support; and
  3. Introducing safety and security training for parents, teachers, School Principals and students.

Between 2012 and 2016, more than 66,000 children have been directly impacted through the UNRWA EiE response in Syria. 

Despite the hardship endured by UNRWA students living in Syria, UNRWA’s 2017 Annual Operational Report highlights their strong performance against key education indicators, with a high percentage of UNRWA students staying in school and a good
gender equity across all indicators.

UNRWA Palestine refugees in Syria achieved one of the highest levels of academic attainment in the Agency-wide Monitoring of Learning Achievement assessment of 2016, compared with their peers in other UNRWA fields of operation.