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Education Ministry signs deals on digital learning, providing books, clothing to students

By Laila Azzeh - Feb 16,2017 - Last updated at Feb 16,2017

Officials from the Central Traffic Department distribute schoolbags to underprivileged students in Amman on Thursday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — An initiative to provide schools with tablet devices for interactive books was signed on Thursday in a bid to enrich students’ educational experience. 

The 2017-2018 interactive book initiative “Minhaji”, or “My curriculum”, seeks to improve interaction between teachers and students by providing 1,000 educational devices to fifth and sixth graders in 20 public schools 

The project was launched on Thursday by the Education Ministry and Orange Jordan, in cooperation with UNICEF and eLearment company. 

At the signing ceremony, Education Minister Omar Razzaz said the initiative is a “qualitative leap” towards e-learning, noting that the project is the first step in computerising school textbooks in all the Kingdom’s schools.

UNICEF Representative to Jordan Robert Jenkins underlined the importance of Minhaji in integrating the use of technology to improve the quality of education. 

Also on Thursday, the Education Ministry signed an agreement with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and the Charity Clothing Bank to cover the needs of students through donations, including of clothes, school bags and stationery. 

Razzaz noted that the ministry will provide the bank with lists of students in need of such assistance through its education departments across Jordan.

JHCO Secretary General Ayman Mefleh said the organisation will distribute the clothes to students as of next week.

The clothing bank was established by JHCO in 2013.

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BRAVO TO JORDAN AND THE GOVERNMENT EFFORTS IN HELPING OUR CHILDREN CATCH UP WITH MUCH NEEDED MORDERN TECHNOLOGY AIDS IN LEARNING. WHO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LISTEN OR WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS? THIS IS A CLASSICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PEOPLE CAN AFFECT PUBLIC POLICY WHEN THEY WEIGH IN ON ISSUES. I COMMEND THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND I WILL TRY TO SEE WHAT I CAN DO FROM HERE THROUGH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS THAT I CAN CONNECT WITH THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROJECTS.

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