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Literacy and Non-Formal Education (NFE) in Jordan
After the success of UNESCO’s Adult Literacy project in Um Rassas in 2008-2009, UNESCO is continuing to fund this programme and expand it into an additional governorate as requested by the Ministry of Education. Core actions constitute NFE policy development, literacy materials and capacity building.
Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP)
Jordan has been selected, together with Morocco and Palestine, by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics as one of the pilot LAMP countries to develop and test literacy survey instruments. LAMP provides valid, reliable, comparable and interpretable literacy data through carefully conceived and tested instruments. The major tasks and actions of the Project are the establishment of Technical and Supervisory Committees, capacity building workshops on LAMP survey instruments and piloting of the survey instruments. In 2009 several capacity building workshops were carried out in Jordan and an international workshop for all the LAMP pilot countries was organized with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
School Readiness Programme
There is uncertainty as to the actual numbers of Iraqis living in Jordan. While UNHCR’s estimates range as high as 750,000, a study commissioned by the Jordanian Government and conducted by the Norwegian Research Institute FAFO has indicated their number to range between 450,000 and 500,000 as of May 2007. Vulnerable Iraqi children living in Jordan, who have been left out of the school system for nearly three years, now have the opportunity to re-enter into the formal education stream, but often fail to do so because, in addition to the financial constraints, they do not have the adequate academic and emotional preparation to adjust and adapt to the Jordanian national curriculum.
The organization of after-school enrichment classes for student participants (ages 6-18) is managed by UNESCO Office Amman in collaboration with American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), Caritas Jordan and the Ministry of Education. The programme ensures that vulnerable children do not get lost in the gaps between formal and non-formal education in Jordan, providing extremely vulnerable children with essential non-food items that will enable them to attend school. In addition, UNESCO is working closely with the Ministry of Education to guarantee that the programme integrates capacity building mechanisms for teachers in selected schools and that the Ministry of Education senior staff from relevant directorates receive training on inclusive education planning and minimum standards guidelines. UNESCO will build sustainability measures for this programme while also developing programmes that focus on providing higher education opportunities for Jordan’s at-risk populations.