Rotarians observe basic education, Literacy

(Photo: Rotary Club of Amman International)
Press Release — The Rotary Club of Amman International celebrated the Rotary’s “basic education and literacy” theme by hosting a well-respected Jordanian expert in education, Amneh Al-Rawashdeh, according to a club statement.اضافة اعلان

Speaking on the K-20 challenges and opportunities at the Grand Hyatt Amman, Rawashdeh told Rotarians that school teachers face various challenges, teaching beyond the curriculum that is given to them.

“We need our teachers to work and address social justice, inclusiveness, peace education, and special needs issues they face inside their classrooms and in their schools,” said Rawashdeh, an assistant faculty at Yarmouk.

Holder of a New Mexico University doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Leadership and a minor in Women’s Studies, Rawashdeh said more effort is needed by the Ministry of Education, communities, and NGOs to allow students and teachers to celebrate differences rather than attempt to deny them.

“Diversity enriches education and prepares students for higher education and the work environment which is totally different from what they are used to in their small community,” she said.

“The more that students are aware of their agency and identity and comfortable with where they are coming from and differences, the easier it will be for them to deal with the challenges beyond school,” added Rawashdeh, who was once the director of the Quality Assurance and accreditation center.

Rawashdeh explained that more needs to be done to close the gap between private and public schools. “More training is needed for private school teachers, especially in the governorates outside the capital, where the schools, to a greater extent, are doing a better job than the private ones, while the opposite is true in Amman.”

She suggested that teachers need to be a key part of their communities, and communities need to recognize the role of teachers in society,” she asserted, calling on teachers and communities to look at the bigger picture and support the development of a culture of learning, inclusiveness, and acceptance in communities.

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