Transforming Refugee Education towards Excellence

Transforming Refugee Education towards Excellence

Transforming Refugee Education towards Excellence (TREE) is an initiative of the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) and Save the Children, comprising a systems-wide teacher training programme that uses compassion to help teachers overcome trauma and deliver effective teaching.

745,000
The number of schoolchildren -- Jordanians and Syrian refugees -- parents and teachers to be reached in 5 years of the pilot in Jordan

Left to right: Hassan Jameel, Community Jameel President, Saudi Arabia; Vijay Kumar, MIT J-WEL Executive Director; and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Save the Children International CEO, announce TREE on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2018.

Designed to tackle trauma and to address the urgent learning needs of children in refugee crises, TREE is an innovative, systemic intervention that delivers the latest developments in pedagogy and psychosocial support. TREE combines Save the Children’s broad experience of delivering education in emergencies with MIT J-WEL’s cutting-edge research.

TREE in Jordan

Launched in 2019, the inaugural TREE programme is in Jordan, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and aims to reach 745,000 teachers, parents and Jordanian and Syrian schoolchildren over a 5-year pilot.

The TREE programme in Jordan is in collaboration with and supported by Community Jameel and Dubai Cares, and builds on infrastructure in Jordan including the Queen Rania Teacher Academy and Edraak, the online educational initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation.

Left to right: Rafael Reif, MIT President; Hassan Jameel, Community Jameel President, Saudi Arabia; HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan; and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Save the Children International CEO, at the high-level meeting on refugee education at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019.