10.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO completed a first round of EU-funded training for more than 2000 Jordanian Educators

Project is funded by the European Union

With a generous grant from the European Union, the UNESCO Office in Amman in partnership with the Queen Rania Teachers Academy (QRTA) and the Jordanian Ministry of Education (MoE) finalized the first series of training for more than 2000 teacher trainers, school counselors, supervisors and teachers on internationally accepted standards for teaching classes hosting vulnerable trauma-affected children and larger size classes in a refugee crisis context. Most beneficiaries of these training were from the Northern part of Jordan including from other areas with large influxes of Syrian refugees following the protracted crisis in their country.

UNESCO officials made sure that these trainings are practical for the beneficiaries. They are conducting as many field visits as possible throughout the project’s implementation to assure the quality of teaching delivered by teachers in their classes. On many occasions, the beneficiaries praised the material and training activities that concentrated on hands-on activities. Teacher Khitam from Ain Basha area said: "To learn something that can be applied was very rewarding for us."

During one of the site visits in the North, Trainer Fatima from Irbid said that the UNESCO material captures quite innovative and progressive ideas. They are now building on many of these innovative ideas in the ongoing development of their new textbooks for science within the Ministry of Education were they have added components to inspire critical thinking skills prompting students to think, rethink, and discuss before concluding. In Amman, an English teacher showed remarkable class control over 52 students while asking them to work in groups, utilizing the techniques taught in the training. Other teachers and trainers videotaped their classes and shared some of the clips with UNESCO, proud of being able to apply what they learnt with their students. Teachers were not all aware that they needed different approach to take into consideration the psychology of the traumatized Syrian students for effective delivery of their classes. Thanks to the training received, changes that they introduced affected the Syrian students positively, said many teachers, especially in one of Amman schools where the majority of the students' school counsels are Syrians. Throughout the schools’ visits, all principals commended the outcome of the project for the new skills their teachers are showing in their classes.

As next step to this first phase of the project, UNESCO seeks to further mitigate the impact of the refugees’ crisis on the quality of education delivered to both Jordanian and Syrian children in order to prevent them from dropping out of school due to declining learning conditions by implementing a sustainable response that provides teachers with classroom-based continuous pedagogical support through coaching and refresher training workshops to maintain high-quality education standards.

For additional information, please, contact:

Mr. Claude Akpabie, Education Program Specialist c.akpabie(at)unesco.org

Ms. Sumayyah Abuhamdieh, National Project Officer-Teacher Education s.abuhamdieh@unesco.org

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