The Urban Impact: The Education System
Effective integration to the school system in Jordan is often difficult for Syrian students because of disruptions in the education pipeline while living through the Syrian conflict. One young man living in Irbid had his schooling disrupted while living in a Damascus suburb in 2012 when militants began kidnapping children to raise ransom from parents to finance their combat operations. So, he dropped out of school until he was able to bus himself to more secure school in downtown Damascus. This worked for a while until militants began shooting at the bus, at which point he stopped going to school until he was smuggled to Jordan and settled in Irbid. On paper he could have resumed schooling there, and he expressed the desire to return to school, but after so many disruptions, dealing with long-term pain due to an injury from being shot in Syria, and with more pressing matters like taking care of the apartment for his family, he didn’t seem motivated to enroll.