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INCREASING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION

INCREASING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION

JORDAN

Jordan has made great progress in increasing access to education, with nearly universal primary enrollment, gender parity in Jordanian schools, and a 98 percent adult literacy rate. The United States and Jordan share a longstanding partnership in education in the Kingdom, beginning with teacher and technical training in the 1950s, and expanding through today.

Despite widespread access to education, challenges remain. Schools are overcrowded and in varying states of disrepair, teachers receive limited training and support, and learning outcomes remain low, with only a fifth of second and third graders reading at grade level. A growing population of Jordanians and the influx of refugees have placed additional pressure on Jordan’s public education system, and children and youth who fall out of the system lack opportunities to get back on track. Ensuring that all children and youth have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to succeed is essential to their economic productivity.

USAID supports the Government of Jordan as it expands access to quality education to children and youth throughout Jordan so they can help build a brighter, more prosperous future for themselves and their communities.

AREAS OF FOCUS

STRONG EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Approximately 40 percent of Jordan’s ten million people are school-aged children and the rapidly growing population is expected to increase pressure on the Kingdom’s already strained educational infrastructure. USAID partners with the Ministries of Education and Public Works and Housing to build, expand, and rehabilitate schools and kindergartens in underserved areas throughout the Kingdom to reduce overcrowding and ensure that teachers and students have safe and fully equipped spaces to facilitate learning.

SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Children who perform well in school are less likely to drop out of school or repeat grade levels, and generally face fewer challenges finding gainful employment. USAID works with the Ministry of Education to foster positive learning environments by strengthening reading and math performance in early grades, providing psychosocial support training for teachers to help make schools safer and more supportive, and encouraging parent and community engagement in the public school system to create a sense of ownership and accountability.

ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS

Students who fall out of formal education struggle to access safe employment to support themselves and their families. USAID supports non-formal education centers throughout the country to offer out-of-school students the opportunity to complete their education and earn a tenth-grade equivalency certificate. This certificate enables them to pursue vocational training or secondary education, providing a path toward a more positive and productive future.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • From 2007 to August 2018, USAID expanded equitable access to education by building 28 new schools and 89 new kindergarten classrooms, expanding 144 schools, and renovating 32 schools and 609 kindergarten classrooms, accommodating over 135,000 students per year. This work, conducted in conjunction with teacher training, reduces overcrowding in the classroom and ensures accessibility for students with disabilities and safe classroom environments conducive to student learning throughout the country.
  • Early grade numeracy and literacy are essential to students’ academic success at secondary and tertiary levels. Through USAID-supported training, 86 percent of Ministry of Education supervisors and coaches and 80 percent of observed teachers are now effectively using early grade reading and math methodologies to help children gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.
  • Children and youth who have been out of school for more than three years are unable to re-enroll in Jordan’s formal education system. USAID’s 43 non-formal education centers give them a second chance, with 37 percent of graduates re-enrolled in the formal education system. Of current participants, 53 percent plan to continue their education and 29 percent plan to enroll in vocational courses after graduating.
  • USAID works to ensure students who have experienced trauma can access psychosocial support and interactive pedagogy. USAID has reached 16 percent of all students across Jordan, including 53,400 Syrians, through community-parent school coalitions, reading clubs, and extra-curricular activities that increase parent and community involvement in school and help foster a supportive and inclusive educational environment. 

Last updated: November 12, 2019

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