Partnership for Education II

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PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION II
PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION II
USAID

BACKGROUND

While the Government of Jordan has made great strides in education policy reform and strategy development, including the National Strategy for Human Resources Development, the Education Strategic Plan, and the National Strategy for Youth, challenges remain. These include the ongoing influx of refugees from the region, increased enrollment in public schools, and reliance on untrained/uncertified teachers. Through government-to-government agreements and complementary technical assistance, USAID directly supports the Ministry of Education to implement and institutionalize key education reforms around quality of learning materials, foundational subject instruction, assessments and Ministerial management systems.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Partnership for Education II focuses on improving teaching and learning materials; building the capacity of teachers in the core subjects of Arabic literacy, mathematics, English, and science; improving access to data and assessments; and strengthening the capacity of Ministry staff to effectively execute national priorities.
Since 2014, USAID has partnered with the Ministry of Education through four bilateral agreements to support national strategic priorities in education. To ensure that government partners have the necessary skills and resources to implement education reforms at all levels, USAID also provides technical assistance to support better use of data, budget planning, monitoring and evaluation, quality control, e-governance, and human resources development.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Jordan’s participation in international assessments, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is supported by USAID. These allow the Ministry of Education to make informed, data-driven decisions and policy reforms and ensure Jordan is included in internationally-comparative standardized education assessments.
     
  • USAID supported the Ministry of Education’s integration of all early grade teacher training into the Continuous Professional Development program. From this, all Kindergarten 2 through Grade 3 teachers now have access to training modules that improves their teaching and gives them the chance for career progression.
     
  • The Ministry of Education developed and expanded a coaching and mentoring database that determines educators’ needs based on student performance data and tracks teachers’ progress according to individualized training plans with USAID assistance. Currently, the database houses information for all Kindergarten 2 through Grade 3 teachers and will soon be expanded to reach all Grades 4-11 teachers. The coaching and mentoring database is critical in ensuring that all teachers in Jordan’s public schools have training plans that correspond to desired student learning outcomes.
     
  • Through USAID’s Partnership for Education Agreement II the Ministry of Education purchases and distributes over one million Arabic and Mathematic workbooks annually for Grade 1-3 students across the Kingdom. These workbooks and their efficient distribution are one example of the strengthened planning and procurement systems at the central level which equip students and teachers with the teaching and learning materials they need.
     
  • In 2021, through the Partnership for Education II, the Ministry of Education procured reading materials for all 17,000 Grade 1 through Grade 3 classrooms including a set of storybooks of varying reading levels to meet the needs of new readers. The storybooks support Arabic literacy, supplement early grade curriculum, and encourage reading for fun and will be accessible to students, teachers, librarians.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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