A drive for education in the unlikeliest of places

By Molly Anders, Kelli Rogers 10 June 2015

Salam Kanaan, country director of CARE International in Jordan, tells Devex that education continues in refugee camps.

Children and parents in the Middle East don’t need to be convinced of the importance of education programming, even when regional unrest has driven people into their houses or to neighboring countries.

What draws students away from learning instead is the need for income and financial support in an economically crippled region.

“What we’re trying to do in addition to conditional cash transfers is peer-to-peer education,” Country Director for CARE International Salam Kanaan told Devex.

Kanaan said a lack of financial resources is the number one barrier to education in Jordan, which currently hosts more than 620,000 refugees, many of them children.

Yemeni students still want to go to school, shares Roberta Contin of Global Communities.

Roberta Contin, country director for Global Communities in Yemen, agrees. As the civil war in Yemen rages on, young Yemenis’ desire for education hasn’t diminished.

“They still want to go,” Contin told Devex. “And we are still operational, and the students call every day to say they want to go for the vocational training.”

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About the authors

Molly Andersmollyanders_dev

Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.

Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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