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UNRWA in Jordan Launches Comprehensive "Education Cannot Wait" Distance Learning Program

UNRWA in Jordan Launches Comprehensive "Education Cannot Wait" Distance Learning Program

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 AMMAN - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) education program launched a rapid response distance-learning plan, the “Education Cannot Wait” initiative for Palestine refugee students in the Agency’s 169 schools across, accommodating the needs of some 118,000 Palestine refugees’ students. The plan ensures continuity of their scholastic programming, allowing for access to a quality and inclusive education despite the COVID-19 related school closures.


Agency educational staff at every tier of educational provision were involved to ensure student access to various e-learning platforms, as well as resources launched by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. These platforms include: Darsak (1) and Darsak (2) online platforms, as well as lessons broadcast on television channels across Jordan. The UNRWA education program provided remote training to Agency teachers, preparing them for the new mode of teaching.


Since the lockdown on movement on  March 19, 2020, two UNRWA technical and vocational education training centers (TVET), namely the Amman Training Center and the Wadi Seer Training Center, as well as the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts (FESA) immediately transitioned to online educational programming through Moodle, among other direct contact platforms.


“In light of this global emergency, UNRWA is dedicating significant effort to provide the best for our students to ensure the continuity of their education. We believe that education cannot stop and cannot wait. The future of Palestine refugees is our priority," said Mohammed Adar, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan.


"In a great collaboration with telecommunications companies in Jordan, our students in TVET and FESA are now able to access the online materials through free-of-charge internet connection packages. This excellent partnership enables our students continue following their lessons without any additional financial burden," Mr. Adar added.
UNRWA has prioritized a holistic response, including consideration of widespread access to smart phones, tablet and laptops, as well as provision of hygiene materials, remote career guidance sessions and psychological support via a network of school mentors.


“I’m very blissed to be able to keep up with my lessons at home,” said Kinan Ahmed, an UNRWA student at the Jabal el-Hussien School, “It’s a new and exciting experience!” he added.
Since it began operations in 1950, UNRWA has educated over two and a half million refugee children under a program recognized as a significant educational force in the Middle East. UNRWA now serves more than 533,000 Palestine refugees in 709 Agency schools across the Middle East, providing quality and inclusive education even through times of emergency.


Article Source: https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/unrwa-jordan-launch-comprehensive-education-cannot-wait-distance-learning