There are more than 600.000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, of which less than 5% now have access to higher education. The local capacity to deliver quality higher education to these people is insufficient due to economic constraints and the constant increase of refugee population. Often, young people face challenges to adapt to local culture and job market due to lack of higher education.
To respond to growing demand of higher education for refugees in Jordan, SPARK started several programmes such as Improving Employment Opportunities Programme (IEO) that promotes job creation for Syrian, Palestinian and Jordanian youth, by supporting existing SMEs and startups. Another programme is the Higher Education Services (HES) that supports refugee youth from Syria, as well as vulnerable youth from Jordan, with scholarships at higher education institutions. In partnership with Luminus Education, a leading education provider in the field of technical and vocational training, HES is being implemented to empower youth in Jordan.
Moreover, SPARK established partnerships with Al Quds College, a subsidiary of Luminus Education, which was founded 34 years ago and is Jordan’s leading Community College, offering diploma programmes in various technical and vocational fields. Since 2014, Al Quds College has been directly involved also in serving Syrian refugees.
These programs are accredited locally by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and BAU and internationally by Pearson/Edexcel, City & Guilds, Institute of Leadership and Management “ILM”. AQC is also licensed by the International Youth Foundation to deliver the Passport to Success life skills programs.
Jordan also started the Entrepreneurship and Business Development Activities (EBDA) with support from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij. It focuses on supporting Syrian entrepreneurship in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.