Strengthening Education for Youth in Syria.


Project Dates: August 2017 - December 2018
The Syrian conflict has raised an unparalleled need for access to education so that young Syrians have a chance to learn and thrive.

The conflict in Syria has decimated local governance, access to education, and provision of life-sustaining services. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the Injaz program assists children and youth within Raqqa and Eastern Syria with limited or no access to education since the start of ISIS occupation. Recognizing the negative impact that the fighting has had on the well-being of children and educational infrastructure, Injaz supports school rehabilitation, psychosocial support for students, and remedial literacy education through subawards to local institutions. These projects reach students not only in formal schools, but also in child centers and camps for internally displaced persons.

Prior Initiatives:

Injaz follows the Idarah program, which supported provincial and local councils to develop and implement service delivery activities, principally by working with education directorates to improve access to and the quality of education. Activities included offering stipends to teachers and administrative staff, providing technical support to teachers, and improving assessment and examination systems.

Project Goals

  • Provide remedial literacy education to children and youth
  • Provide psychosocial support for children, parents, and the broader community
  • Train teachers on strategies for coping with emotionally distressed students
  • Create a supportive and child-friendly physical environment for learning through school rehabilitation, including damage assessments and equipment repair
  • Create a statistical database of schools in Raqqa for more efficient management