Providing safe, healthy educational environments “Jordanian priority”: Minister, 1st add

Owais indicated that the Ministry of Education is in the process of finalizing the development of a crisis and risk management plan based on international guidance on emergency response and preparedness, risk analysis and monitoring, and contingency planning, including the comprehensive safe school framework developed by the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (GADRRRES) and aligning it with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).

He pointed out to the need for continued financial support from the international community to enable these vital services to continue providing educational service to all children in Jordan, regardless of nationality, abilities, disability, gender, or socioeconomic background to access quality education.

Owais added that Jordan, like other countries, suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic from closing schools for nearly two years, as many children were striving to access online learning.

He explained that Jordan was one of the few countries in the world that conducted a national assessment as soon as students returned to their schools after their absence due to the pandemic.

He noted that the results of this assessment showed that the majority of students fell far short of class expectations – including refugees.

Owais stressed Jordan’s keenness to discuss the implications of these results on its educational system, expressing appreciation for international partners’ efforts to support restoring position of the learning system.

He spoke about investing efforts with education partners in updating curricula, diagnosis, psychosocial support, school learning environment, teacher resources and training.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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