As part of the Higher Education Dialogue project, a three-week international summer school was organised in Jordan in September 2019 to provide an opportunity for professional and intercultural exchange on "International Social Work and Migration" as well as a mutual learning experience for social work master‘s students of FHWS, GJU, Yarmouk University and Lebanese University.
The summer school in Jordan was held from September 8 – 28, 2019. Eight students from FHWS, five students from GJU, two students from Yarmouk University and two students from the Lebanese University participated. The programme comprised lectures, institutional visits, participation in workshops and two conferences, group discussions on different topics, prepared by the students in teams, and the visit of historical attractions.
The summer school started on the main GJU campus in Madaba, with lectures on political and legal circumstances, social work and refugee assistance in Jordan as well as the international humanitarian aid system and the interconnections between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and migration.
In order to get an insight into the practical work of organisations working in the field of social work and refugee assistance in Jordan, the group visited several institutions in Madaba and Amman, for instance Caritas, UNHCR and Islamic Charity Center Society.
A special learning experience for the students was the workshop on conflict management, which took place in cooperation with Relief International in Zaatari refugee camp and which was also attended by Syrian workers of the „cash for food“ project.
At the conference of the DAAD project „Localisation of Social Work in Arab Countries“, the students had the chance to learn more about the topics of professionalisation, financing and higher education of social work. They also participated in this year’s conference of two Higher Education Dialogue projects, where project members presented their research results on different aspects of the project theme „Social Work and Refugees“. They also participated in a workshop on the code of ethics for Social Work to discuss die importance of ethical prinicples in the field of migration.
In relation to the programme, the following topics were addressed presentations oft he students and group discussions: „Christian charity organisations“, „Muslim charity organisations“, „Faith-sensitive Social Work“, „Localisation of Social Work in the Arab Region“, „Refugee camp management“, „International humanitarian aid system in Jordan“, „The Makani approach by UNICEF Jordan“, „Community Development“ and „Code of Ethics for Social Work“. The topics were prepared and presented in teams – one FHWS student and one student of the partner universities – which led to an intensive professional and personal exchange within the group.
The visits to St. Georges church with the mosaic map of Madaba, Mount Nebo, Dead Sead, the historical site of Jerash, the UNESCO world heritage sites Petra and Wadi Rum as well as Aqaba at the Red Sea, amongst others, were a nice variation in the programme and provided more insights into the Jordanian history and culture.