Tag: education

The battle for young minds

The Battle for Young Minds

An ideological battle is being fought in Jordan’s classrooms between reformers wanting to foster greater critical thinking and tolerance, and cultural conservatives alarmed by what they see as the creeping secularization of education. There has been much debate in recent…

Minister of Education Omar Razzaz on Tawjihi Reforms

Reforming Tawjihi

Ever since assuming post as the Minister of Education, Omar Razzaz has been busy engineering plans to upgrade the Kingdom’s education system, starting with the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi). Razzaz, who has been a vocal advocate of the…

Jordan’s Higher Education Minister, Adel Tweissi

Helping Higher Education

From spiraling student numbers to funding shortfalls, Jordan’s Higher Education Minister, Adel Tweissi, is under no illusions about the size of the challenges facing our university system. With graduate unemployment at worryingly high levels, many wonder where the disconnect lays…

A New Way to Teach

A New Way to Teach

If we truly want to prepare our children for the future, we need to start teaching them to think creatively and critically. By Helen Al Uzaizi ‘Teaching to the test’ has sadly become a common term; it happens when an…

Al Ahliyya Amman University

Amman University: Preparing Students Properly

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (AAU): preparing students to be competitive in the labor market. A Q&A interview with Prof. Sadeq A. Hamed, President of Al-Ahliyya Amman University about how they manage to prepare the students properly. There has been talk about…

LEARNING

A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO LEARNING by IIS

IIS: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO LEARNING The International Independent School (IIS) has been one of Jordan’s innovative educators since its inception in 2007. Now, with around 1100 students, IIS is developing curriculum that enhances their students’ skills and molds them…

boarding school

King’s Academy: The “value-added” in boarding school

The “value-added” in boarding school When King’s Academy opened its doors in 2007, many Jordanian parents were skeptical of the boarding aspect of the school. They thought boarding was appropriate only for international students who had no other choice, and…

Thinking Critically

Education: Thinking Critically

Which challenge should be considered the most vital and pressing given the current circumstances the region finds itself in? This question was posed to an audience at last month’s WEF meeting in Jordan. Most voted that reform was most needed…