Strengthening Education for Youth in Syria.

Local Governance and Decentralization | Anti-corruption | Countering Violent Extremism | Advancing Quality Education | Education Systems Strengthening and Policy Reform | Education and Youth
Middle East and North Africa

Injaz II

Project Dates: December 2018 - December 2020
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, livelihoods, and access to education. With funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and other international donors, the Injaz II program assists children and youth in Northeastern 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 II supports remedial education, social and emotional learning, school rehabilitation, and vocational training through sub-awards to community-based organizations and local governance entities. These projects reach students in both formal and informal education settings, including in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Prior Initiatives:

Injaz I and Injaz II follow the Idarah programs, 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 largely in northwest Syria. Activities included offering stipends to teachers and administrative staff, providing technical support to teachers, piloting quality education initiatives, and improving assessment and examination systems.

Project Goals


  • Provide remedial education to support foundational literacy and numeracy
  • Support distance learning in IDP camps by providing intranet that supports digital materials and virtual classrooms
  • Provide social and emotional learning for children and their caregivers
  • Create a supportive and child-friendly physical environment for learning through school rehabilitation, including repairs of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities and providing classroom heating
  • Provide market-based vocational education through blended learning, using innovative technologies to combine online and in-person instruction

Devising New Ways to Learn Remotely: Intranet in an IDP Camp

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Injaz II program introduced an intranet to support virtual classrooms and distance learning for children in IDP camps.

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