Switzerland and Canada give further support to education and learning process strengthening in partnership with UNESCO and the Ministry of Instruction – Jordan

Amman-12 July 2021 – Switzerland verified a contribution of USD 1.6 million to the Multi-Associate Belief Fund (MPTF) in guidance of the “System Strengthening Partnership with Jordan’s Ministry of Education” (SSP) programme, carried out with UNESCO technical assist underneath the management of the Ministry of Education. Canada also declared an supplemental contribution of USD 400,000 to their preliminary contribution of USD 1 million.

The SSP is a four-12 months programme (2019-2023), supporting the Ministry of Instruction (MoE)’s Education and learning Strategic Program (ESP), concentrating on procedure strengthening as one of its main domains. With its contribution, Switzerland joins Canada, Italy and Norway in the Multi-Companion Belief Fund to aid this joint MoE-UNESCO initiative. The initiative signifies a accomplishment story and contributes to the shared goal of providing inclusive good quality instruction to all learners dependent on the rules of partnership, coordination and help usefulness in assistance of Jordan’s education sector.

Canada’s pivotal role as the 1st donor to the MPTF has paved the way for the SSP programme to guidance a much better and more resilient education ecosystem in Jordan. By an additional contribution, Canada is also reinforcing its determination to this partnership for technique strengthening. Italy joined the MPTF previous calendar year via a contribution of USD 1 million. In-type aid is also currently being provided by Norway (by the NORCAP mechanism) with the provision of numerous senior authorities working closely with UNESCO and the MoE in check out of strengthening capacities at the institutional degree.

Nowadays, a ceremony was held at the Ministry of Education to welcome Switzerland as a new member of the MPTF and announce Canada’s further contribution. The ceremony was chaired by His Excellency Prof. Moh’d Abu Qudais. The Minister of Instruction highlighted, “both contributions illustrate the typical objective of furnishing top quality schooling for all in Jordan, by way of productive and constructive coordination with the Ministry of Education”. He also reiterated the sturdy motivation of the Ministry to this partnership supporting program strengthening.

H.E. Mr. Lukas Gasser, Ambassador of Switzerland, mentioned that “Switzerland is happy to be part of Canada, Italy and Norway with a contribution of 1,600,000 USD to the Multi-Companion Have faith in Fund in maximizing UNESCO’s support of the Ministry of Education and learning in the implementation of the Education and learning Strategic Program. The begin of this new collaboration coincides with the completion of Switzerland’s bilateral collaboration with the Ministry of Education to rehabilitate 89 public schools accommodating Jordanian and refugee college students in several governorates of the Kingdom. Right now marks an critical move in the direction of our more time-term support for increased governance, decentralisation and disaster-resilience of Jordan’s instruction procedure as foreseen in the Jordanian government’s Schooling Strategic Approach.”

In her handle, H.E. Ms. Donica Pottie, Ambassador of Canada, emphasised that “the instruction sector was considerably affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But when educational institutions shut in 2020, Jordan acted immediately to provide length understanding for little ones. It acted early and boldly in the experience of this disaster. Going forward, this partnership additional supports the Ministry of Instruction in the region of crisis-delicate organizing.”

By means of this multi-12 months programme initiated in mid-2019, UNESCO is supporting the MoE in strengthening its core capabilities in organizing and budgeting, checking and reporting, investigate and evaluation, facts and information and facts management, as properly as coordination and partnership. The programme also builds on the European Union’s preceding assist to the advancement of the Education Administration Information and facts Method (EMIS), which carries on to be supported as a critical ingredient of the MPTF programme by way of the provision of specialized specialized help to the MoE to fortify their capacity to manage, manage and make use of EMIS for proof-dependent coverage formulation and arranging.

UNESCO Consultant to Jordan, Ms. Min Jeong Kim, highlighted “what is starting to be a results tale in conditions of alignment to Govt options, priorities and goals joint coordination continuous reaction adapted to the desires of the Ministry of Education and in line with the Sustainable Enhancement Agenda and Targets, especially connected to SDG4 on instruction, SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 17 on partnership.”

Commending the endeavours and achievements of the Ministry of Schooling to regularly adapt to the unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic, she also included, “these supplemental generous contributions from Switzerland and Canada, jointly with the present assist from Italy and Norway, will even further strengthen the instruction sector preparedness and reaction to crisis, concentrating on the operationalization and advancement of capacities in risk administration and disaster delicate organizing, from MoE central level, to Subject Directorates and schools.”

Also in attendance at the ceremony ended up H.E. Mr. Fabio Cassese, Ambassador of Italy and H.E. Ms. Tone Allers, Ambassador of Norway to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Iraq. From the MoE, the Secretary Basic for Administrative and Economic Affairs, Dr. Najwa Qubeilat and the Secretary Standard for Instructional Affairs Dr. Nawwaf Al-Ajarmeh had been also in attendance, along with the Head of the Division of Organizing, Dr. Youssef Abushaar, the Head of the Development Coordination Unit, Ms. Lama Al-Natour and the Director of the Queen Rania Centre, Engineer Ruba Al-Omari.