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Stakeholders discuss World Bank report on region’s education

By JT - Dec 13,2017 - Last updated at Dec 13,2017

AMMAN — Participants in a regional meeting, organised by the Education Ministry and the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF), in cooperation with the World Bank (WB), on Wednesday, stressed that education in the Arab world is facing similar challenges.

The two-day meetings aim at discussing the World Development Report 2018, which is the “first ever report” by the WB entirely devoted to education, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The report, titled: “Learning to Realise Education’s Promise”, focused on the Middle East and North Africa region.

Participants in the meetings said that it is time to change the educational system in the Arab world to cope with the latest developments and meet the needs of Arab children.

Education Minister Omar Razzaz said that education ministries cannot face challenges alone and need partners to address the sector’s obstacles that include enhancing the students’ feelings of loyalty towards their schools and countries, reducing differences in educational outcomes to achieve social justice and equal opportunities in education. 

Solutions to such challenges, the minister said, include having a system that coordinates the roles of teachers, curricula and technologies with the role of the students.

Vice President of the WB for Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem highlighted the importance of education in realising progress, security and stability in the region, adding that focusing on the quality of education will lead to improving the youth’s skills and qualify them to better jobs.


QRF CEO Haifa Attia stressed the need to offer quality education to all children, highlighting the importance of having an educational system that enhances learning, diversity and creativity, so as to ensure the success of future generations.  

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