HPC shares educational achievements, challenges at 56th session of CPD

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AMMAN — The Higher Population Council (HPC) of Jordan has participated in the 56th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), where the Council’s Secretary-General, Issa Masarweh, shared Jordan's achievements and challenges in education. اضافة اعلان

The session was recently held in New York and was themed "Population, education, and sustainable development", the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

"Jordan uses the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundation for its policies and programs, and has made two voluntary presentations to the UN on the agenda's progress," he said.

In addition, Masarweh shared that Jordan has made a voluntary national presentation on the SDG4 for education in compliance with the Transforming Education Summit.

The summit, held in 2022, focused on the recovery of education losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on children with disabilities and refugees.

Improving education system
Jordan has experienced significant demographic changes over the past two decades, with its population reaching 11.4 million by the end of 2022. As a result, Jordan has worked to improve the effectiveness of its educational system by concentrating on developing human resources and expanding access to high-quality education.

Masarweh shared that Jordan has made great achievements in ensuring access to primary and secondary education, closing the gender gap, and providing qualified teachers.

Enrollment rates in K-12 education are among the highest in the region, and the illiteracy rate has fallen to less than 5 percent, he said.

Higher education

In terms of higher education, Masarweh stated that Jordan has a notable system reflected in the number of foreign students who attend Jordanian universities, as well as the high demand for Jordanian university graduates to work in public and private institutions in Arab, regional, and global markets.

Masarweh also acknowledged the challenges that Jordan faces due to the complex effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic crises, and regional political unrest. These challenges have resulted in a large number of refugees and limited the capacity of several sectors due to the increasing demand on supply and infrastructure.

In light of these challenges, Masarweh emphasized the need for funding mobilization at both regional and international levels to address infrastructure gaps in education and ensure the promotion of the right to quality education for all.

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