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UK voices support to Jordan's Response Plan to Syrian refugee crisis.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Amman, (Petra) -- British Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, voiced his country's government's support to the implementation of the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian refugee crisis (JRP), which includes providing education for every child in the Kingdom.

The British Minister's gave his remarks in a visit to the Aisheh Bent Talha Elementary First School in Amman, during which he was accompanied by Minister of Education, Omar Razzaz, and British Ambassador to Jordan, Edward Oakden, on Sunday.

The visit aimed at checking on the Ministry of Education's achievements in developing the basic education structure and measuring its results through the Early Grade Reading and Math Project (RAMP), which recently announced its results after the national mid-term survey of the project that included 4800 students from the second and third grades in a number of schools in the Kingdom, including the Aisheh Bent Talha Elementary First School.

Burt expressed the British government's appreciation for Jordan's efforts, represented by the Ministry of Education, to improve the educational process for all students in public schools, including refugee students of different nationalities.

He said the United Kingdom is a key partner for Jordan by supporting many programs that target improving the quality of education and educational services for students in schools, including the RAMP project.

He lauded the RAMP positive results, which calls for continuing to implement such initiatives and expand them, noting that the UK has invested ?12 million to support this project.

He also expressed his admiration and the British government's for Jordan's achievements since the London Donors Conference.

Burt also called for continued cooperation between the two countries to ensure that every child in Jordan receives quality and good education.

Razzaz said the RAMP was implemented in light of the results of the study conducted earlier by the Ministry of Education regarding reading and math skills for the first three grades, which showed a major weakness of students in those areas.

The RAMP, which was funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), reflects Jordan's keenness to provide all students with the support and assistance in developing their reading and math skills, as well as providing teachers with new and advanced teaching methods, Razzaz added.

He said that the results of the initiative during the mid-term survey showed a great improvement in the students' reading and math skills, as they also showed a shift in the traditional learning method.

The minister commended the British government's support as an important partner to the education sector in Jordan, stressing that the near future will see great cooperation between the two sides in the field of vocational education to improve its level in Kingdom.