Phone-Powered Schools

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Phone-Powered Schools is a crowdfunding tool for collecting donations to fund the rehabilitation of schools in Jordan.


Assessments of educational services for Syrian refugees in Jordanian host communities have identified tensions caused by a series of factors such as uneven access to education between Jordanians and Syrians, poor management of educational services, combined classes, overcrowding, security issues, disagreement over curricula, and concerns regarding the spread of communicable diseases in schools. The split-school day introduced in an attempt to control classroom dynamics and to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases has been detrimental to social cohesion in the longer term. As such, renovating and rehabilitating of schools and enhancing the capacity of educational institutions is crucial in order to strengthen inclusiveness, participation and opportunities for intra-communal dialogue between Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan.


Phone-Powered Schools is a crowdfunding tool operating on phones (smart phones or otherwise) in order to organize donation drives, telethons, and other donations to fund school rehabilitation projects. Due to the several restrictions on using credit cards online in Jordan, a different approach was needed to secure the funds, using alternative currency via Phone Credit Donations. Two options for donating will be implemented. Firstly, through a partnership with telecom companies, users will be able to donate through SMS by replying with a defined hashtag. Secondly, a mobile app will be designed to provide information about the status quo of the targeted schools, the progress being made by UNDP, a donate button, and a submit an entry option through which users can submit information about a school in need. The schools participating in the program will be selected using data from Local Development Units operating within municipalities and collecting data in different sectors.


By adding elements of reporting, progress and sustainability which are usually absent in other traditional philanthropic projects, Phone-Powered Schools will also foster more trust between the people and the government by demonstrating how working together transparently can endorse collaboration and cooperation.







The Team


Basma Al Nabulsi, 29, works at UNDP Jordan as a Project Officer for local governance and community outreach projects within the Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Vulnerable Jordanian Host Communities project. Basma will be in charge of working with the community and local development units at the municipalities, in order to compile the required data from the schools, teachers, parents, etc.


Maha Al Saad, 28, works at UNDP Jordan as a Project Officer for Social Cohesion projects within the Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Vulnerable Jordanian Host Communities project. Maha will handle relations with the telecom companies, the university labs and design students and concerned ministries of Education and Municipal Affairs.


Majed Alkloub, 30, works at UNDP as an Admin/Finance Assistant within the Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Vulnerable Jordanian Host Communities project. Majed will handle all finance and procurement exercises.


Mohammad Abu Qaoud, 36, works at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, at the Planning and Development Directorate. He directly supervises local development units in the municipalities. Mohammad will be in charge of acquiring the necessary approvals and will also handle intra-ministerial communication regarding the project coordination. He will also be responsible for monitoring and evaluation of project activities.







Ghada's picture
Excellent idea! I cant wait to use the phone app!
basma's picture
Thank you for your support :)
basma's picture
When we visited some schools in the host communities of Jordan, we saw the dismal status of the classes, the broken windows and super cold classrooms, unhygienic WASH facilities, lack of extracurricular activities, scarce stationary, empty libraries, etc.. Help us bring better education and dignity to Jordanian and Syrian children.
Hatem's picture
I would like to help with the establishment of the CSR platform. We can help create a database of potential platform members.
Mahmoud's picture
This is an innovative idea UNDP Jordan. I have some ideas on extracurricular activities that can be introduced if the rehabilitation includes multi-purpose rooms, art classes, etc. contact me on
Thameen's picture
An excellent way for the ministries of education and municipal affairs to collaborate. Thank you UNDP.
basma's picture
Thank you Hatem, Mahmoud and Thameen. You can contact me too at
jcravens42's picture
I like very much the mention of adding "elements of reporting, progress and sustainability". It's frustrating to many people that they donate to initiatives and then never see the difference it makes - they just keep getting asked for more money. I think an addition of how donor data will be protected, not sold or traded, etc., would be helpful.
basma's picture
I am glad you liked the idea :) I think that since the project has a task force made up of different institutions (UNDP, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Education and the municipalities) as well as the schools themselves, the element of checks and balances will be secured, and we can ensure that donations are going where they should be.
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