Fleeing Syria in 2014, Lina Nadar found safety in Jordan. Just 19, she had finished one year at a Syrian university and was determined to keep up her studies. But expenses were daunting. She had to drop out.
Then she discovered Al Quds College, a top-quality technical vocational school in Amman owned by IFC client Luminus Education. Its Syrian refugee program provided a scholarship that enabled her to study graphic design—gaining valuable job skills and new confidence for the future. She’s now doing freelance design work alongside her studies, and planning a career she hopes will someday take her back to Syria.
“I know I am still young,” Lina says, “but in five years’ time, I want to be a well-known graphic designer.”
Privately owned Luminus gives its students real-world job skills—not just in their chosen fields, but in broader areas such as communication, foreign languages, and critical thinking. This builds the skilled labor supply in Jordan, where people often struggle to find work. It’s why IFC led an $18 million financing package for Luminus, part of our larger youth employment and SME initiative for conflict-affected Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq.
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IFC investments in private education expand access to quality learning and job training that leads to employment. In 2016 our clients provided education and training to 4.6 million students.