Case Study

Tawasol: A pilot project offering extended, online professional development for Syrian and Egyptian teachers in the Syrian informal learning sector in Egypt

This case study was collected as part of Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) Event Series to share compelling examples of programs and practices that positively influence improvements in teachers’ work conditions and teaching practice.  For more case studies, click here.


In 2018, Plan International Egypt (PIE) received funding from DG ECHO for Tawasol: Learning Coexistence, a project responding to the education and child protection needs of the most vulnerable girls and boys among the Syrian refugee community and Egyptian host communities in six areas across Greater Cairo, Alexandria, and Damietta.

Through Tawasol, PIE committed to supporting 14 Syrian-led learning centres (SLCs) across the country, many operating with minimal resources and without
highly-qualified teachers. Consultations were held with a representative sample of 166 educators out of the total target of 255 who received the face-to face trainings in the SLCs, including 14 head teachers/ academic supervisors. Sample respondents confirmed an almost balanced stress on needs for training on psychosocial support (PSS) and social emotional learning (SEL), classroom management, and managing large classes. Next were requests for training on lesson planning, child protection, the Egyptian curricula, and code of conduct. Many educators confirmed willingness to explore distance learning, alongside access to and skills to use ICT.