Jennifer Holleis, DW |
When the pandemic hit a year ago, the Jordanian Ministry of Education started facilitating distance learning tools in collaboration with the World Bank, ministries, and private enterprises. The partnership resulted in the now widely used distance-learning portal ‘Darsak’ which offers lessons in line with the Jordanian curriculum of Arabic, English, Math and Science for grades 1 through 12.
Furthermore, two TV channels offer on-air lectures and the country’s TV-sports channel has been repurposed as a broadcaster for students preparing for ‘Tawjihi’, the secondary school leaving examination. A platform for teacher training and courses for distance learning tools complement the government’s coronavirus strategy.
Apart from a three-week stint in February 2021, schoolchildren and students in Jordan have been studying from home for a year. The brief re-opening of schools is believed to be the cause of the recent spike in Covid-19 infections which resulted in the current lockdown, including a strict daily curfew from 6pm to 6am and all day on Fridays.
But it does appear that the digital push towards educational technologies (EdTech solutions) in Jordan could pave the way for a more resilient and future-oriented education system.