29.08.2013 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Coordinated by the UNESCO office in Amman, Questscope Leads Trainings for Non-formal Education Program Facilitators and School Principals

Amman, Thursday 29 August through Saturday, 31 August. This weekend 24 facilitators and school principals from Non-formal Education (NFE) centers throughout Amman and Zarqa participated in a workshop centered on the methodology and implementation of Participatory Rapid Appraisals (PRA). The training was led by five Questscope program staff and attended by two representatives from the Ministry of Education; Abdullah al-Nasser, Head of the Department Head of Non-formal Education, and Khalid al-Moharib, National Field Coordinator for Non-formal Education Programs.

The three-day training session aims to provide NFE facilitators and school principals with the knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively utilize Participatory Rapid Appraisals for recruiting and retaining drop-outs and out-of-school youths in the NFE program. The techniques can also be used for effective planning and implementing of NFE programming for other vulnerable groups. Throughout the workshop, Questscope staff utilized a variety of activities to present the theory and tools behind Participatory Rapid Appraisals, including group discussions, role-plays, and periodic reflections.

This workshop is the first in a series of three training sessions provided as part of the NFE program. In the coming month, facilitators and school principals will be trained in Participatory Learning Methodology (PLM) techniques at a three-day workshop over the weekend of September 12th and attend a two-day NFE Concept workshop September 20 and 21.

The trainings are part of a European Union -funded project titled “Sustaining Quality Education and Promoting Skills Development Opportunities for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan” that includes among its aims, the provision of demand-driven informal and non-formal education programs and vocational skills inside the refugee camps and urban areas for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. The project is implemented by Questscope in close concert with the Ministry of Education including several local partners under the technical coordination of UNESCO.

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