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Education

Mother with her children at Community-Parent School Committees
Mother with her children at Community-Parent School Committees
USAID

Jordan’s reform strategy elevates education to a national priority. The country boasts a literacy rate of 93.3 percent and a secondary school completion rate of 77 percent. Access to public education, including expansion of kindergarten, has steadily increased, especially for girls. The government recognizes, however, that quality of education is uneven and not competitive by international standards, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. The pressures of a growing, young population and the inclusion of refugee children in schools place additional burdens on staff and facilities, many of which are poorly maintained. The government is working to reform the national curriculum and teaching methods, but many secondary and university graduates’ abilities do not yet match the requirements of the labor market.

The United States and Jordan partnered to conduct the first teacher and technical trainings in the 1950s and went on to build schools, create libraries, and send thousands of Jordanians to study at American institutions. Recently, USAID has focused on improving the quality and relevance of public education, expanding access to schools, involving parents and communities, and providing youth with skills that lead to wider opportunities.  USAID is the largest donor to the Ministry of Education’s ongoing program to reorient public education toward developing the job skills and the level of education young people will need to meet employment challenges of the future.  Our newest programs emphasize improving early reading and math skills, addressing gaps and weaknesses in teacher and administrative skills, and reducing drop-out rates, especially for males.  A countrywide youth employability and civic engagement project is building community-based networks of social services, skills training, and employment opportunities for vulnerable youth.

Examples of USAID-supported impacts in education include:

  • Improving education for students across the country by providing thousands of educators with professional and leadership skills and preparing them to lead dynamic environments for learning.
  • Constructed 27 new schools, rehabilitated 32 existing schools, renovated 185 kindergarten classrooms, and provided training to more than 8,000 teachers.
  • Improving education for students across the country by providing thousands of educators with professional and leadership skills and preparing them to lead dynamic environments for learning.
  • Established 67 Community-Parent School Committees across Jordan to involve parents with their children’s schools.
  • Enhanced the leadership, job and life skills of 59,000 youth who participated in school-to-career programs.

Last updated: November 21, 2013

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