ZENID hosts 12 educators from North Texas to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan


When providing responses for complex problems like the Syrian refugee crisis, humanitarian/development actors must be prepared to share their experiences and the experiences of their beneficiaries wherever possible. Not only does sharing and teaching help the world to understand the plight of marginalised groups, it also helps to encourage the world’s donors to give a little more and encourages the world’s citizens to be more sympathetic to the lives of others.

Today, JOHUD and ZENID held an important session to create such understanding, hosting a group of 12 high school teachers from North Texas in our Hashemi Shamali centre to speak with JOHUD project staff and learn more about our work and the realities of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan.

The purpose of this interesting meeting of minds was to help American teachers to incorporate the modern history of the Middle East into their World History, World Geography, and World Culture Courses and curricula in secondary schools in North Texas.

This visit aimed to enrich the teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and educate them about the political and social dynamics of the Middle East through focusing on Jordan as a case study.

Visits like these serve not only as a great opportunity to meet and share cultural experiences on an individual basis, but can also help to enrich American students’ knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the Middle East for the long-term, helping our cultures to work together and address joint concerns in the future. Thanks once again to Fulbright for providing us with this unique and interesting opportunity!