6-month internship with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Amman, Jordan working on education programming for Syrian refugees.
About the project
With the conflict in Syria in its fifth year, the protracted violence has displaced 2.3 million registered refugees across the Middle East, while simultaneously creating an education crisis. The effect of the conflict on education has resulted in higher numbers of children out of school and for those who still access school there is lower achievement and increased psychosocial needs for all children. UNRWA’s Education in Emergencies programme provides psychosocial support and safe learning spaces to Palestinian students from Syria now living in Jordan. Psychosocial counselors provide one-on-one support as well as recreational activities for students in UNRWA schools and designated safe learning spaces. Safe learning spaces are additional locations where students can study by themselves or participate in informal learning activities. These spaces are supported by the communities they are located in and are also used to provide health, awareness and social services to refugees. These programmes can return normalcy to a child’s life and restore hope and prospects for the future. Failing to ensure that Syrian children receive quality education will undermine the future of a generation.
I have recently concluded a MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previously, I spent four years as an educator both in the United States, through Teach for America, and Uzbekistan, at an internatinoal school. During my studies at LSE, I've kept my passion for education and youth development with me through focusing on Education in Emergencies, particularly for Syrians. During the course of my programme, I completed a graduate consultancy with the Overseas Development Institute researching alternative education programming that host communities could implement for Syrian children that are still out-of-school.
Since finishing my Masters I have been offered a 6-month internship, beginning in mid-October, with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Amman, Jordan working on education programming. Unfortunately, the UN does not offer funding for interns, and I can not afford to undertake this opportunity without external help. Based on the cost of living in Amman and the cost of flights, I will need roughly £2600 ($4000). I would be extermely grateful for any support you can give!
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