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Post-Covid opportunities and challenges for young people in Jordan

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Nicola Jones

In its Education Strategic Plan (2018–2022), the Government of Jordan 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, much of that strategy was derailed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to school closures that were among the longest in the world (Ministry of Education and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2023).

Building on baseline research (Jones et al., 2019) this policy brief draws on mixed-methods data collected by the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal research programme and summarises midline findings regarding young people’s education and learning in Jordan (Presler-Marshall et al., 2023). It touches briefly on our methods and then presents our headline findings before concluding with implications for policy and programming.

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