Save the Children’s programs in Jordan implement reforms and strategies of the Jordanian government while addressing the needs of disadvantaged Jordanian youth and women.
Types of Education Programs
Partnership for Change Initiative (PFCI)
Partnership for Change: This project, started in November 2001 and completed in January 2003, sought to build local NGO capacity concerning youth development issues. 5 NGOs were trained on peer-to-peer and Child-to-Child methodologies. NGOs conducted community-based workshops and community projects led by youth, who had been trained by NGOs. SC also gathered 70 male and female youths in an event to assess the project and submit recommendations for future planning. As a final step of the PFCI project, a manual titled Working with youth, was printed and disseminated to all NGOs working with youth, governmental bodies, local libraries select private schools and to the youth themselves. The manual’s intent was to introduce concepts needed for youth workers to work with youth in Jordan.
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
JFO, as an active member of the National Task Force on ECD, worked on expanding its role within the community. JFO partnered with a local NGO, ZENID, to pilot an ECD Activity Guide, as a supplement to the newly designed Ministry of Education Formal national ECD pre-school curriculum. JFO piloted the project in three regions in Jordan, where it was planned to benefit around 240 children aged 4-6. Through the implementation process ZENID managed to reach around 900 children between the ages of 4-6 and 6-8. JFO in partnership with ZENID, planned and implemented a 2-day Experience Exchange Gathering for all caregivers participating in the project. Approximately 45 caregivers attended the event, where they evaluated the implementation process and offered recommendations for further implementation of the project. SC plans to engage the Ministry of Education in the process, with SC evaluating the project and presenting the findings to major ECD players in Jordan at a symposium later in FY 04.
Another expansion strategy JFO is planning is to engage other local partners in the ECD through sub granting the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) to conduct a Puppet show project on Child Prevention and Child Safety issues aimed at children ages 4-10 and their teachers.
Types of Health Programs
Women Empowerment in Reproductive Health (WERH)
WERH is a joint project funded by Johns Hopkins University CCP and Ajloun College in Northern Jordan, implemented by SC. The project was launched in July 2002 and completed in March 2003. It is considered a type of non-formal education and is designed to empower women of reproductive age through active involvement in their social development. The goal of the project was to undertake community outreach activities leading to increased use of Reproductive Health (RH) services among married women in the north of Jordan. This opportunity would allow women to “speak out”, to participate in the socio-economic life of their community and country, and to make informed decisions about their health and family planning issues. The project involved 25 local women who were trained by SC and JHU using the AWSO/RH manual. Following the completion of this training, each woman organizes and delivers a five-hour two-day workshop for local women living in Ajloun governorate. These women, now known as community leaders, are responsible for the training of an additional 8,100 women in Ajloun and the expansion of the project to nearby Jerash.
As a result of this partnership, Ajloun College has decided to upgrade its Community Services Department from a 2-year Diploma to a Bachelor’s Degree.
Promoting Reproductive Health Care
This project, funded by the department of Communication Marketing Strategies of USAID, was launched in April 2002 and completed in April 2003. The project’s goal was to promote reproductive health care (RHC) services and to improve the health of married women of reproductive age (MWRA). At one stage of the project, JFO contacted 15,000 Jordanian married women of reproductive age in order to promote responsible maternity care and birth spacing. The focus is to identify women who are at elevated maternal risk to ensure that they are aware of the options for protecting themselves from unwanted and potentially dangerous pregnancies, and providing referrals to those women who are willing to use modern contraceptive methods.
Types of Emergency Programs
Throughout FY 03 Jordan was home to several international emergency preparedness workshops organized by the home office in response to the crisis in Iraq. JFO also hosted other SC Alliance staff from the UK and additional organizations involved in Iraq. JFO, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq developed and submitted an emergency project proposal to UNHCR to provide emergency assistance to children, youth and community at large in the Ruwayshed refugee camp as well as promoting understanding of each other′s operating procedures.
The Emerging Leaders project is a regional initiative designed to track and document emerging leaders in the Middle East using research tools developed by Johns Hopkins
University. JFO’s team selected the 5 individual leaders and 2 leading institutions throughout FY03. One in-country meeting was held for the selected leaders and leading institutions where they shared experiences and discussed the Leadership concept to evaluate the process and to establish guidelines for expanding the project in Jordan. Jordan hosted the regional conference for all selected leaders where they met to share experiences and to develop a dissemination strategy. All participants received certificates in a ceremony held in the Aqaba region under the patronage of Mr. Biltaji, Head of Aqaba’s Special Economic Zone Authority. All cases were video recorded by a team from Egypt
Types of Economic Opportunities Programs
With support from USAID under the Economic Opportunities for Youth Program (1999-2004), SC spearheaded the creation of INJAZ, a Jordanian not-for-profit organization and a Junior Achievement International affiliate. A public-private partnership, INJAZ trains youth in economic literacy, business skills, decision-making, and personal development. The training modules that INJAZ uses are all in Arabic and are a hybrid of SC Youth Development tactics and Junior Achievement International modules. INJAZ’s 500 private sector volunteer instructors in 91 schools and two universities reach 13,000 young Jordanians each semester. Over the past 4 and a half years INJAZ has trained 749 teachers and youth workers with the help of partner organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training Centers, The Higher Council for Youth, and the Ministry of Social Development. Training included participatory teaching techniques, classroom management and planning, and effectiveness
In sum, during 2003, the SC Jordan Field Office has focused its efforts on holistic Early Childhood Development programming, continued the implementation of two reproductive health projects for married women and future mothers, and extended its exploratory research for youth and unemployment as well as reproductive health for adolescents. Additionally, JFO supported relief efforts in Iraq as well as Iraqi refugees that arrived in Jordan. INJAZ continues to strengthen itself as a not for profit Jordanian company that delivers economic education to schools.
INJAZ projects produce many success stories such as the following about a female Jordanian student who became the president of a company.
Female Jordanian student becomes Company President
If you think a woman can’t run a company, I urge you to think otherwise – she can!
Of six companies piloted last semester at the University of Jordan and three local high schools, Abna’ al Bittar Co. was by far the most profitable.