UNRWA Education in Emergencies Programme

Location: Syria (Palestine refugees)


UNRWA supports the needs of children and education staff impacted by crisis and conflict through the deployment of a multi-stranded, integrated approach to the delivery of Education in Emergencies (EiE). UNRWA’s EiE Programme seeks to combine the strengths of the UNRWA education system with innovative ways of delivering education in new and challenging contexts. The core aims of the EiE programme are:

  1. Establish safe and secure learning environments which address both the physical and emotional needs of children. This includes the provision of psychosocial support and recreational activities by School Counsellors, teachers and community members, building the capacity of education staff and students on safety and security, and establishing alternative safe learning spaces.

  2. Sustain the quality of teaching and learning during emergencies by utilizing innovative approaches to delivering education, such as self-learning materials, educational programming on UNRWA TV, an online interactive learning programme, and the professional development of teachers on these modalities.

  3. Engage parents, students, and the broader community in education in emergencies, through the development of awareness-raising materials, regular parents’ awareness sessions and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), which provide a vital link between the school and the community.

Between 2012 and 2016, UNRWA's EiE Programme has supported more than 66,000 children in Syria to continue their education and achieve their full potential.

Despite the hardship endured by UNRWA students living in Syria they achieved high levels of academic attainment in Arabic and Mathematics in the UNRWA Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) assessment conducted in 2016. Moreover, student dropout rates in Syria are very low for both male and female students in both the elementary and preparatory cycles.

In this way we can see that the EiE programme has helped to strengthen the overall capacity of students and education staff to respond to and recover from emergencies, and has improved the overall emergency preparedness of UNRWA.