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RECOVER – case study from Jordan*

RECOVER project facilitators during a training session on the participatory learning approach REFLECT, © DVV International


The Adult Education in Host Communities of Syrian Refugees project (RECOVER) is helping to address the refugee crisis by enhancing the capacity of three community-based organisations (CBOs) to cater for Syrian refugees, improve their living conditions and enable them to integrate and enter into an exchange with Jordanian communities in the host country. The participants are women, most of whom are heads of households and/or young mothers. The goals of RECOVER are to

  • improve the living conditions of Syrian refugees and reduce the tension between them and their host communities by developing the capacity and structure of CBOs;
  • build a team of volunteers who facilitate dialogue and education; and
  • strengthen the skills and knowledge base of both Syrian refugees and of the host communities in order to hopefully find ways of improving their living conditions.

Success factors

The project is based on the need of the target groups and includes the following elements:

  1. Orientation: Orientation sessions help Syrian and Jordanian participants to understand their situation and opportunities and to develop ideas on how to improve their situation, both individually and as a group. When attending the orientation sessions, participants can be referred to other activities and services inside and outside the CBO.
  2. Literacy: Two-month literacy sessions help the women to improve their reading and writing skills.
  3. Family health: Family and health education sessions stretch over two months and help enhance participants’ health and hygiene awareness and psychological stability.
  4. Handicrafts: The women attend handicraft courses where they learn new skills that they can use to establish small income-generation projects.

RECOVER uses the REFLECT methodology in which participants choose their training subjects based on their needs. Discussions lead to a training curriculum, allowing participants to talk about their reality (re-reading the reality), share their experiences and participate in finding solutions rather than having solutions forced on them from outside.


* / This article has been written exclusively for the digital version of the Adult Education and Development journal.

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Hussein Al Rabie

Adult Education and Development


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