Project: Refugee Coding Schools

Education and Vocational Training Projects

Project: Refugees Coding Schools

Implemented by: Chams Foundation

This project is characterized by an innovative and farsighted approach, and has been developed and implemented by the Chams Foundation in partnership with Al al-Bayt University and UNHCR in Amman, Jordan. The immediate goal is the training of 10,000 refugee coders in Middle Eastern camps in order to promote their employability in both local and international markets. This will be achieved through innovative methodologies that do not require students to have any prior digital skills or programing experience, but instead select participants purely on the basis of ability and motivation.

The first pilot program will take place in Jordan. Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, Jordan has welcomed a large number of refugees, and today over 800,000 refugees are living in urban and camp situations. Zaatari, Jordan’s largest refugee camp, hosts almost 79,000 people, a third of whom are between five and eighteen years old. The scale of the refugee crisis, combined with the national regulation that limits refugees’ ability to work, makes it necessary to consider remote work to tackle the problem of refugee unemployment. With international demand for coding experts constantly increasing, teaching programing to refugees is a perfect solution, since work can be done remotely with just a computer and an internet connection.

Chams’ broader ambition is to extend this training to more refugee camps around the globe, promoting refugee employability by offering certified professional training and job placements for young people from 17 to 25 years old. In supporting this project, Andan affirms and shares Chams’ vision of significantly reducing unemployment among refugees, first by training them and then by connecting them with work opportunities. The pilot project will address three target groups: refugees living in Zaatari Camp (25%), refugees living in the Mafraq region (25%), and Jordanians (50%).

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