"Making education relevant to the workplace” for the post-2015 development agenda
What role do schools play in preparing youth for successful careers? The UNESCO Amman Office led a 2-day national consultation on education for Jordan, addressing this and other questions related to the topic “making education relevant to the workplace.” The consultation brought together youth, teachers, parents, civil society groups and policy makers from across the country to discuss the findings of the recent Education for All Global Monitoring Report.
Jordan was one of the 6 Arab countries and 50 countries from around the world selected to conduct consultations on the global post-2015 development agenda.
“As the target date of 2015 for reaching the Millennium Development Goals approaches, the international community is actively taking stock of headways or setbacks encountered by countries on their way to achieving these universal goals,” said Dr. Anna Paolini, Head of the UNESCO Amman Office. “Although Jordan has made steady progress in improving access to compulsory education, raising completion rates of primary education and eliminating gender disparities in education… unemployment remains a clear challenge for Jordan, especially for its young people” Dr. Paolini added.
Held on the 19th and 20th of February 2013 in Amman, the forum drew upon a number of national, regional and international education trends and policy frameworks to set the context. Moderated by a team of education experts, the discussions led to a consensus on the following priorities: catering to different talents and students’ needs; activating the accountability and appraisal system; ensuring adequate pre-service training for teachers; ensuring that teachers are qualified, flexible and open-minded; and updating the curricula in a timely manner in order for teachers to use modern teaching methods with high practical relevance. These conclusions will be included in a final report that will help inform the global post-2015 development agenda.
Her Majesty Queen Rania joined the discussion on the second day, stressing the need to support the aspirations of the youth and to empower them to compete in the workplace, regionally and globally.
“I believe in the skills of our young people and in the quality of students graduating from our education institutions despite the challenges and limited resources,” she said. “Every day through my work I see young people who have done things to make us very proud… they invent things, they develop things and this is something that characterizes Jordan and that we should safeguard… but this needs an effort on our part,” Her Majesty added.