World Bank allocates $7.5 million to support education reform in Jordan

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AMMAN — The World Bank has allocated $7.5 million as a new installment for a project aimed at supporting the reform of the education sector in Jordan. اضافة اعلان

This allocation raises the total project payments, including loans and grants, to $200 million since its approval in 2017, Al-Mamalaka TV reported.

In June this year, the World Bank disbursed $7.425 million for the project, which focuses on expanding the provision of early childhood education services and improving student assessment, teaching, and learning conditions for both Jordanian children and Syrian refugees.

World Bank's commitment and funding distribution
The World Bank's commitments to the project amount to approximately $300 million, benefiting the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. Out of this amount, $100 million remains to be disbursed in subsequent payments.

The initial financing of the project was approved by the World Bank in December 2017, amounting to $147.7 million. Additional funding of $81.4 million was also approved in June 2020.

The project received grants worth $70.9 million, while the government committed to providing $622 million.

The project's main objectives include expanding access to early childhood education for more than 32,000 children and establishing a new framework for professional standards and teacher evaluation, along with comprehensive teacher training.

It also supports the implementation of a quality assurance system for early childhood education, introduces a new student assessment approach, and promotes hybrid learning strategies.

Addressing COVID-19 challenges and digitizing education
The World Bank's approval of additional funding is primarily aimed at supporting the Jordanian government in addressing education challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing enrollment in pre-primary education. Furthermore, it seeks to transition the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi) to an efficient digital system.

The World Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting Jordan in addressing the multiple impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This commitment includes allocating technical and financial resources to strengthen the country's health sector response and providing emergency cash transfers to impoverished households affected by income loss.

The additional funding for the education reform project is expected to contribute to the Jordanian government's goal of enrolling all five-year-old children in schools, starting from the academic year 2020–2021.

The project also supports additional interventions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly ensuring the sustainability of distance learning innovations implemented during school closures. It also focuses on establishing minimum health and safety standards to facilitate a safe return to schools.

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