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      Jordan: Refugees need teachers and textbooks 

      Education International, 29 October 2012


      “We must make every possible effort to provide support to the Syrian children and teachers in the refugee camps in Jordan,” said EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen and ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, who visited the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq on 28 October. They met with refugees and officials of the UNHCR and the World Food Program. 

      The tented camp, established in July of this year, holds over 60,000 refugees, of which 56 per cent are under the age of 18.

      UNICEF has opened one school on site, with construction of further schools being planned. Some fifty teachers have been recruited, most of them Syrian refugees. More schools and more teachers are needed, as well as textbooks and school equipment, teacher refugees told van Leeuwen and Burrow.

      The influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan has far surpassed initial projections, with 105,000 refugees registered with UNCHR to date. The Jordan authorities estimate that approximately 250,000 refugees will have crossed the border by the end of 2012, of which 155,000 will be hosted in camps and 95,000 in Jordanian cities and towns. 

      The government of Jordan offers registered refugee children free schooling. However, the country’s school system is unable to live up to that promise. UNICEF is carrying out small scale renovations at 50 public schools across Jordan, in addition to installing prefabricated classrooms, such as in the Zaatari Refugee Camp.

      The government of Jordan continues to show tolerance and hospitality to an ever growing refugee and asylum seeker population.

      “Jordan is a small middle income country. The international community must therefore increase its support to ensure that the basic social needs of the Syrian refugees, including their children’s education, are being met,” stated van Leeuwen.

      In close cooperation with both the recently established Jordan Teachers Association and UNICEF, EI wants to supply the camp schools with text books and school equipment.

      Towards this aim, Fred van Leeuwen will submit a proposal to the Cross-Regional Conference for EI affiliates in Arabic-speaking countries, convened next week in Beirut.

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  • Herman van Deventer

    A few comments:

    The new skills development landscape that is unfolding under the QCTO will bring about a number of changes to the old system.  Current indications with regards to occupational qualifications are as follows:

    Occupational qualifications will be linked to an occupation on the OFO, a labour market need, and not to a training need as was so often the case in the past

    The qualifications as such is a secondary document based on an occupational curriculum. The curriculum is structured as three main focus areas:

    • Subject specifications – the disciplinary knowledge component.
    • Practical skills modules – specific practical skills, associated applied knowledge
    • Work experience modules – the work context and scope learners must be exposed to

    Assessments will be conducted by QCTO accredited providers of subject specification and practical skills modules.  Candidates will receive a statement of results from the providers.  This is an “internal assessment” process and the current assessors unit standard is not prescribed

    Work experience modules will be completed by learners at a registered place of work.  Learner achievements will be signed off by the workplace and a workplace statement of results or record will be issued.

    An specific partnership relationship will be established by the QCTO with a body that will ensure that national standards are defined and maintained for every occupational qualification.  One body only per qualification.

    For qualifications other than trades, these bodies are known as Assessment Quality Partners and their appointment must be supported by industry.

    All learners will be subjected to an integrated external assessment managed by this body prior to certification by the QCTO.  Learners will have to present their statements of result as well as other requirements specified in the occupational curriculum to qualify for the external assessment.  Assessors at this level will be appointed by the Assessment Quality Partner.



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