Business and civil society leaders met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos recently to commit urgent support to tackle pressure on education systems of refugee host countries across the Middle East.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark and CEO of Save the Children International, and Hassan Jameel, President of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, a social enterprise organisation, hosted more than 15 leaders at a roundtable attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. During the meeting, the group reviewed further measures to be undertaken by governments and philanthropists aimed at supporting education systems in countries, such as Jordan and Lebanon, which host millions of Syrian refugees.

At the meeting, Hassan Jameel, President of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, affirmed his commitment to transforming education across the Middle East, commenting:

“Every child deserves safe access to education – a critical tool for people to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through our partnership with Save the Children, we are committed to supporting teachers in Jordan deliver quality education in this extremely challenging environment, reaching over 700,000 people in the first five years and hopefully many more children across the region in the future.”

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