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Jordan: Positive Steps on Education for Syrian Children

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(Amman) – Jordan’s education minister has instructed public schools to allow Syrian children to register in the fall semester even if they lack government-issued documents that were previously required, Human Rights Watch said today. Carrying out this and other announced policy changes could help thousands more children attend school this semester.

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan have been unable to obtain or to update documents called service cards, which are issued to Syrians by Jordan’s Interior Ministry and are required for Syrian children to enroll in public schools. Human Rights Watch interviewed Syrian children in 2015 and 2016, who had been unable to go to school because they lacked the cards.

“Jordan’s Education Ministry has taken an important step by ordering schools to accept Syrian children this fall even if they don’t have their papers in order,” said Bill Van Esveld, senior children’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “This move advances Jordan’s significant efforts to support education for Syrian refugees.”

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