As part of the UNESCO Iraq Office’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Iraq, UNESCO has been acknowledged as lead agency on literacy, secondary, technical vocational education and INEE training. In order to ensure refugees’ right to education and to respond to the risk of youth falling into violence caused by the prevalent unemployment and lack of future perspectives amongst the large number of young Syrian girls and boys, UNESCO Iraq is engaging the local government, international organizations, local organizations and donors to improve access to secondary and vocational education, literacy, ICT, entrepreneurial and life skills in both urban areas and camp settings. Planned activities include secondary school rehabilitation, provision of teacher and master trainer training, catch up classes for out-of-school children, temporary schools, and psychosocial support in line with the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies.
UNESCO has the mandate for higher education, culture, the sciences and communication and information. The UNESCO Amman office is actively responding to the Syrian refugee crisis by providing education including water education and protection services. Specifically, the Amman office has prioritized the following activities: Emergency support to safeguard education quality for Syrians in Jordan; Promoting vocational skills development for young Syrian refugees; providing access to life-saving information for Syrians through specialized radio shows, Water education in schools and communities to raise awareness of the scarcity of water in Jordan.