Since the beginning of the response Save the Children has prioritized support to child protection- through the establishment of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the camps and in urban areas.
We have set-up numerous safe areas for Syrian children to meet, play, and talk through their experiences as well as Youth Friendly Spaces (YFS) in Zaatari camp. Save the Children is supporting distressed children who need special care after experiencing extreme levels of violence in Syria. We provide access to quality child protection services that protect children from physical and psychosocial harm and promote their cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing. We are training teachers, social workers, local community volunteers and parents to identify and help affected Syrian children and youth in the aftermath of the violence they have witnessed. Save the Children is also identifying and caring for the hundreds of unaccompanied Syrian children in Jordan, as well as supporting children with dissabilities in CFS’s. Over 1000 children a day participate in activities at the CFS’s and YFS’s in the host communities and camps. Our partnership with UNICEF (inside the camp) and the European Commission (in host communities) provides support for our work on Child Protection Interventions in Emergencies.
Our programs help Syrian children who have missed out on education due to the situation in Syria, as well as early childhood educational support. To respond to the needs of Syrian children residing in host communities and refugee camps, Save the Children has introduced three Education Programs:
Early Childhood Development (0-under 6 years old): Provide access to protective, inclusive and participatory early childhood educational programs. This includes the development of local institutions and community based organizations’ capacity and the provision of age appropriate educational materials and support for Syrian children. ECD services are provided at Parent Child Centers, which are also utilized for feeding programs, NFIs distribution, immunization campaigns and other needs for this age group.
Basic Education (6-14 years old): enhance a physical learning environment as well as education infrastructure. The program also builds public schools’ staff capacity to apply child-focused education and class management approaches in areas with high concentrations of Syrians refugees. Save the children is supporting over fifty public schools by carrying out small scale renovations.
Informal Education (12-24 years old): provide informal education programs to adolescents and youth, with special focus on those who dropped out of school and cannot be reintegrated in formal education. This includes equipping and furbishing adolescent and youth friendly spaces to provide structured trainings on basic interpersonal skills, employability skills, financial and market literacy, and voluntary saving and lending approach training.
Save the Children is partnering with the Ministry of Education in building the capacity of ministry’s teachers and counselors, mainstreaming positive disciplinary measures, better classroom management, higher level of acceptance for different socio-economic student backgrounds. Additionally we work on building the capacity of directors of education to provide more support to teachers in schools and ensure smooth integeration of Syrian students into public education.
Food, Security and Livelihoods
Save the Children has partnered with the World Food Program (WFP) to distribute dry rations to the entire population of Zaatari camp. Communal kitchens were built to allow for families to cook their own food. The two-week rations consist of: bulgar wheat, lentils, pasta, rice, sugar and vegetable oil. UNHCR complementary food rations are simultaneously distributed, consisting of: tuna, tomato paste, canned meat, chick peas, fava beans, tea, and halva. In host communities, Syrian families are receiving food assistance through food vouchers. Save the Children is liaising closely with WFP and UNHCR and is an active member of the Food Working Group.
Realizing the increased pressure and demand on the social and economic infrastructure, particularly in areas that are witnessing influxes of Syrians, it is critical that practical solutions are offered to support families. In partnership with the Government of Jordan and the World Bank, Save the Children provides access to quality economic empowerment activities targeting vulnerable households in host communities (HHs), with special focus on women headed HHs. Through support from the European Commission Save the Children provides cash assistance for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in the host communities.
As part of our integrated approach across all programs in our humanitarian response, Save the Children provides income generating opportunities for refugees after building their technical capacity on various vocations.