Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Carrie Wojenski


Using Rodman’s (2006) International Education Analytical Inquiry Matrix as a theoretical framework, the purpose of this study is to examine the current state of access to basic primary education for Syrian Refugee Children Living in the Za’atari camp. Within the scope of this study, access is examined in three parts, including:

(1) Who is accessing education within Za’atari and who is not?

(2) How are certain groups accessing education?

(3) What is the learning environment of Za’atari?

In addition to addressing existing issues of access to basic education in Za’atari, this study examines efforts made towards increasing access. By examining the current state of access to education in Za’atari, this study addresses areas needing improvement, and possible next steps in the evolution of education for Syrian refugee children living in Jordan.

This case study offers a multi-layer approach to the qualitative research method. The Matrix Model (2006) used in this study has widened the perspective to include multi-sector and multi-national lenses, which establishes the dimensions of how education is accessed in Za’atari. Disadvantages of this study were also noted, which include all interviews being conducted in English and in a different time zone. The research revealed that the current literature is focused on quantity, where the research participants noted quality of education access is what is needed the most. The results of this study can be used to further examine the state of educational access within Syrian refugee crisis. Additionally, this study provides insight into the current state of access, as perceived by Social Sector Organization employees working in Za’atari refugee camp.

Keywords: Refugee, Syria, Basic Education, Right of Education, Syrian, Jordan, Za’atari, Education Access, Refugee Camp, Arab Spring, MENA


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Comparative Politics | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Emergency and Disaster Management | International and Comparative Education | International Relations | Islamic World and Near East History | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Other Education | Peace and Conflict Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Political History


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