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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  • Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a former U.K. correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.
  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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