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National programme with focus on early childhood education launched

By JT - Feb 07,2018 - Last updated at Feb 07,2018

AMMAN — The Ministry of Education and its partners on Wednesday launched a national programme for empowerment and employment in the kindergarten service sector under the title: "Our partnership for the future of our children”.

During the launch ceremony, Education Minister Omar Razzaz said that the ministry will work to raise the percentage of students enrolled in KG2 from 59 per cent to 80 per cent during the next few years through the creation of 315 kindergarten classrooms, reaching 2,520 by the year 2025, as well as the development of quality curriculum and the building of partnerships with civil society and families, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Razzaz added that the Ministry of Education will "incentivise" those wishing to participate in the national plan through paying half of the salary of teachers during the initial two years, providing health insurance, social security, and transportation allowances as well as training teachers in childhood programmes.

The programme's launch is part of the ministry's human resources development efforts which strive to achieve quality education in early childhood and increase children's readiness to learn, according to Petra.

The Ministry of Education previously announced a reduction in student enrollment in the educational stage before formal schooling, especially in underprivileged areas. 

Razzaz highlighted the interests of Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania regarding early childhood education as a central pillar of achieving sustainable human growth, a vital resource for accomplishing the Royal vision and a foundation upon which the country will build to achieve welfare for its citizens, Petra reported.


Razzaz also noted that investment in the field of early childhood education would improve the psychological and physical health of children as well as their performance in school, referring to global studies that cited that every dollar invested in early childhood development yields between 6 to 17 dollars. 

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