13.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO and the Ministry of Education launch the National Education Strategic Plan (2018-22) & Global Education Monitoring Report (2017-18)

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Amman, 03 March 2018 – The UNESCO Amman office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), hosted a launching event, featuring the Education Strategic Plan (2018-22) and the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (2017-18). Under the patronage of HE Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, the Minister of Education, the event attracted high-level representation, including HE Mr. Peter MacDougall, Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, and a host of prominent donors, ambassadors, government officials and senior education specialists.

Anchored in the goals of the National Strategy for Human Resource Development 2016-2025 (NSHRD) , the MoE developed the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) in cooperation with partners and stakeholders, using a participatory and inclusive approach. Keen to ensure the Plan was constructed in accordance with the best international practices, the UNESCO Amman office and the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) were requested to provide specialized technical support. This support has been made possible with generous assistance provided by the Government of Canada.

The five-year Plan includes clear, prioritized, sequenced strategies and activities stemming from the goals of the HRD Development Strategy. The ESP works towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 4, focused on inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.

HE Minister Dr. Razzaz delivered opening remarks, affirming that education is a collective responsibility. HE stated, “I wish to express my gratitude to each of you for your efforts and for your presence here today. And also for your collective presence on this ongoing journey which will have challenges but also successes”.

Addressing the esteemed audience, HE Mr. Peter MacDougall congratulated the sincere efforts that have led towards the development of a, “results-focused and costed roadmap to ensure every girl and boy living in Jordan has access to, and equally benefits from, a quality education. This is a tremendous accomplishment and one that should be celebrated”.

Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, conveyed gratitude on behalf of UNESCO and IIEP for the tremendous engagement of MoE staff and all stakeholders, in developing the ESP. Ms. Farina stated, “I wish to take this opportunity to reiterate something that we all may know, but perhaps need to be reminded of: education is a shared responsibility; a collective enterprise. As engaged partners and stakeholders – each in our own capacity and within our own responsibility- we are all accountable to ensuring a brighter educational future for this generation of students and those who will follow”.

Touching on the GEM Report, Ms. Farina referenced its importance within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “The report investigates the critical topic of ‘accountability in education’, working towards an analysis of how stakeholders can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably”.

Following these high-level speeches, Dr. Jordan Naidoo, Director of the Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, presented the main findings of the GEM Report entitled “Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments”.

Representatives from Jordan’s Ministry of Education discussed the draft ESP to the audience, summarizing the key themes of the elaborate plan and the six domains. A robust Q&A session with the audience followed the Ministry’s presentation.

Finally, a panel discussion entitled, “Partnership and Accountability: Is Jordan meeting the commitments?’ was presented, moderated by Dr. Sami Hourani, founder and CEO of Leader of Tomorrow and FORSA. The panelists included, Ms. Samare Dudin, General Director and Head of Programs at Ruwwad; Ms. Aya Khairi, Executive Director at Petra National Trust; Ms. Masa Dalqamoni, CEO of Thaqafaty Educational Group; and Mr. Malek Abu Granemeh, Founder of the “Eye of the Future” initiative. Following the discussion, the audience exchanged with the panel, posing articulate questions.

For more information on the UNESCO Amman office, please visit: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/amman/home

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