Promoting quality in inclusive education in Jordan (PROMISE)
Title: Promoting Quality in Inclusive Education in Jordan
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Education (MoE)
Overall term: 2019 to 2023
Jordan has made commendable efforts in the area of inclusive education to comply with key international human rights conventions. Among them is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The Jordanian government has presented key educational strategies with the aim of providing equal access to education for all, and with an additional focus on disability inclusion.
Despite considerable progress, the capacities needed to implement an inclusive education system across the 4,000 public schools are still lacking. The main challenges are insufficient teacher training and lack of relevant learning materials, widespread resistance among teachers and parents, as well as overcrowded and under-funded public schools. Addressing inclusion in a low-resource environment, PROMISE and the Ministry of Education (MoE) aim to develop a context-specific, doable and small-step approach that builds on already existing resources, works on a school culture that embraces diversity and aims to mainstream inclusion.
The Jordanian Ministry of Education strengthens the foundations for an inclusive education system.
PROMISE provides the MoE with implementation support in four key areas:
- Enhancing national planning and management capacities through a 3-Year Action Plan to implement and monitor the Inclusive Education Strategy for the years 2020-2030 and supports high-level policy advise on inclusion and diversity.
- Promoting inclusive values and cultures in 30 pilot schools in line with the Index for Inclusion. Schools are supported in developing inclusive action plans to realize concrete measures. In addition, PROMISE provides over 5000 children aged 5 and 6 without access to formal Kindergarden classes with catch-up classes to boost their readiness to school.
- Developing the knowledge and skills of relevant actors like teachers, principals and educational administrators to provide inclusive education through physical and online trainings on inclusion.
- Raising awareness through national,community and school-based events and activities to combat stigma and inform about inclusive education.
Last update: October 2022