WB grants $200m to Jordan to improve its education standards

Targeted at schooling of Jordanian and Syrian refugee children

06 December, 16:07

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, DECEMBER 6 - The World Bank has agreed to grant a $200 million loan to Jordan to help the Kingdom improve its standard of education of both Jordanian and Syrian refugee children. The project is aimed at improving students' assessment, teaching and learning conditions, a statement said today.

    Approximately 700,000 Jordanian and Syrian refugee children will benefit from the plan, which is also focused on the training of more than 30,000 teachers across the Kingdom, according to a WB statement received by ANSA.

    "The Government of Jordan realized early on that keeping Syrian refugee children out of school would have detrimental impacts in the long-term on peace, stability and economic development," said Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Mashreq Regional Director.

    Jordanian officials say the Government's commitment to protecting Syrian refugee children's right to education and integrating them in the public sector has put severe strains on the country's fiscal balance and on it's ability to deliver public services.

    25% of the US$200 million Education Reform Support Program is financed by the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF).

    The Program brings the World Bank Group's total commitments to Jordan to US$ 1.060 billion. (ANSAmed).

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