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Education in Jordan: post-Covid opportunities and challenges for young people

Research report

Written by Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Nicola Jones

Research report

In its Education Strategic Plan (2018–2022), the Government of Jordan acknowledges the economic and social challenges it faces. The Plan lays out its strategy to capitalise on its youth bulge by scaling up – and improving the quality of – the educational services provided to citizens and non-citizens alike (Ministry of Education, 2018).

However, many of the Plan’s priorities, including building new educational infrastructure, institutionalising international standards of teaching excellence, and preparing alternative scenarios to address risks and crises, were derailed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (Ministry of Education and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2023). Although the Ministry of Education provided online lessons, school closures were among the longest in the world and the longer-term impacts on young people’s learning are only just becoming evident (ibid.).

Authors: Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Erin Oakley, Nicola Jones, Sara Luckenbill, Sarah Alheiwidi, Sarah Baird, Wafa Amaireh, Qasem Ashareef, Taghreed Alabbadi and Faisal Alshammari