Pre-academic programme for Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Jordanian youth

Pre-academic programme for Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Jordanian youth

Implementing organisation: Al- Ahliyya Amman University

The overall objective is to provide a yearlong pre-academic programme for Syrian refugees living in Jordan, along with Jordanian youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. This first-of-its-kind programme will offer places to 40 participants aged 17-38, providing free academic instruction in four areas: learning skills, English language, computer skills and academic writing. These courses will enable participants to make up for a lack of formal education as a result of the civil war in Syria, or a disadvantaged background in Jordan.  At the end of the year, they will have achieved the necessary educational level to enroll in post-secondary academic programmes, thereby increasing their future employment prospects. In addition, the programme will facilitate social interaction between Syrian refugees and Jordanians to aid their full integration into local society.

Based on the university’s academic experience, they have identified the four areas most critical to high-level academic study, and these will make up the four modules of the pre-academic programme:

  1. Learning skills
  2. English language
  3. Computer skills
  4. Academic writing

Four academic hours will be devoted to each of these modules in each week of the course, and at the end of the year the participants will have achieved the level necessary to go on to further high-level academic study. A certain proportion of the places available on the course are reserved for Jordanian students from underprivileged backgrounds. Additionally, participants will also be encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities within the university. Both of these factors will help the Syrian refugees to integrate into Jordanian society.

Duration of the project: 12 months


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