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.
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.