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A Global Lesson on Educational Reform from Ten Schools in Jordan

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Sep 03, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Manal Quota*


Zeid Bin Haritha is a school in the Jordanian village of Yarqa. In this school, you’ll witness tiny overcrowded classrooms, old broken furniture and over-worked teachers. These are characteristics common across a number of schools in the Governorate of Al-Salt. But, wait! This is not a tragic story filled with heart breaking tales of under resourced schools and low achieving students…


Rather, this is a story of a community of ten schools, spread across two villages, which joined forces to address serious challenges to the delivery of educational services. This process of change began through donor led interventions that introduced guidelines and a framework for school autonomy and community engagement. Yet what this story is really about is how external interventions can be adapted and tailored by local communities to fit their existing social, political and administrative structures. It provides a valuable lesson for communities looking to adopt international best practices – rather than treating them as cookie-cutters; they can be adapted to conform to local circumstances.

Manal Quota

Manal Quota works in the Education Global Practice where she specializes in educational issues in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on fragile and conflict affected states. She addresses issues related to inclusion, education to employment gaps, informal education and improvement of service delivery in adverse situations. This has led her to work in countries such as Libya, Jordan Syria and the Palestinian Territories. She holds a master's degree in International Education Policy (Harvard University), a masters in Law and Diplomacy (The Fletcher School, Tufts University) and an undergraduate degree in Political Science (UCLA).


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