Early Childhood Education for Jordanian and Syrian Children

Project description

Title: Early Childhood Education for Jordanian and Syrian Children in Jordan – ECE (HEROES)  
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Special Initiative “Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement, (Re-)integrating Refugees”
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Education (MoE)
Overall term: 2019 to 2025


The Jordanian Ministry of Education has set itself the goal to introduce early childhood education as a compulsory stage of the education system in Jordan. Existing pressures on the school infrastructure in Jordan are further exacerbated by the refugee crisis in the region.


All children in Jordan, including refugees and children with disabilities, have increased access to high-quality, inclusive early childhood education.


The HEROES project supports the Jordanian Ministry of Education in creating additional capacities in the public and private education sector. This project is part of the Special Initiative “Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement, (Re-)integrating Refugees” and therefore has a specific focus on refugee children and host communities.

The project is supporting public schools by providing improved learning environments and rehabilitating existing spaces. It works with schools to convert unused facilities to child-friendly kindergarten rooms and trains teaching staff on playful learning approaches. 

The project is building capacities for organisations and teachers in private, non-profit kindergartens to achieve a lasting increase in the number of places available in this sector.

The project further supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds to access early childhood education offers. One way of supporting children is the readiness programme, an accelerated learning programme specifically targeted at children that could not enroll in public education institutions.

The project also supports 50 children with disabilities and their families to access early childhood education together with their peers. 

Last update: March 2022