Questscope was founded in 1988 in Jordan as a non-profit, non-governmental organization for social development in the Middle East. By working with individuals, communities, local organizations and international partners, Questscope produces social, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for marginalized youth. Questscope focuses on transforming the future of vulnerable youth by first seeking to holistically understand communities in which young people live, so that all parties can be learners and effective contributors to bettering the contexts in which they live. Questscope focuses on the following areas:
Education: By conceptualizing the basic right to education as a process of citizen-building, Questscope developed participatory methodologies at the community level that made learning attractive for marginalized children who had left education and were not legally entitled to return. Questscope subsequently developed an educational approach which emphasized mutual respect between students and teachers. By working directly with a curriculum committee within the Jordanian Ministry of Education, Questscope and the Ministry designed a mechanism for mainstreaming children into social opportunities from which they had been previously excluded.
Capacity Building: Questscope provides capacity building services to local schools, community-based organizations, and NGOs to enable successful, sustainable partnerships.
Advocacy: Through advocacy, Questscope works to help create new pathways and second chances for young people to take ownership of their futures and positively contribute to their communities. In partnership with Jordan’s Ministry of Education, improvements were made in 2011 to improve educational and vocational opportunities for youth who had dropped out of school.
Mentoring: During one-year relationships, young adult mentors volunteer their time through structured meetings with youth in need of support. The underlying approach is a pro-social community development model, where focus is placed on individual transformation through individual, community, and institutional support. Preparing new educators
- Promoting continuous learning
- Creating communities of practice
- Advancing policy deliberation and research
- Raising awareness and conducting outreach