HRW urges better schooling of Syrian refugee kids in Jordan
Human Rights Watch has called on the Jordanian government to ease the access of Syrian refugee children to education, saying thousands have been deprived of schooling just because they lack required paperwork.
The HRW said in a detailed report on Tuesday that a series of obstacles is preventing Syrian children from going to school in Jordan.
The report said restrictions imposed on the entry of refugee children to schools in Jordan last year may make “tens of thousands” ineligible to enroll in schools ahead of the new academic year starting in September.
It said some 80,000 school-aged Syrian children in Jordan received no formal education in the last school year, adding that many were barred from public schools for lack of "service cards" issued to Syrians living outside formal refugee camps.
The HRW said tens of thousands will not be able to meet the stringent criteria or lack the required paperwork, making them ineligible to go to public schools this year.
"Authorities should expand efforts to realize the fundamental right to education for all Syrian children," the HRW noted, appreciating Jordan's "generous efforts" to enroll Syrians in its public schools, which were already struggling with capacity and quality issues before the influx of refugees.