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  1. (Google Translated from Arabic)
    Kindergartens in the Ministry of Education – Jordan

    The Jordanian initiative in the field of early childhood development, which was the highlight of success factors, and the clarity and comprehensiveness of vision and political will top supporting actress Besahabay Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and the frame is clear and specific policies on early childhood, as well as integration and harmony in different strategies, which have been translated into specific programs of action, and the outstanding efforts exerted by the Ministry of Education of Jordan, represents a pioneering experiment among other initiatives in the region.
    The attention of the Ministry of Education and kindergarten children in the belief of the importance of this stage, and keep up with the educational development plan taking place in the ministry.
    As a result of hard work, and after the educational development first year (1987), has been through the Education Law Jordanian No. (3) for the year 1994 and its amendments, enter kindergarten on the educational ladder, as a stage of formal education, but it is not mandatory, with the definition of for kindergarten, and define its objectives.
    The Ministry of Education to create a partition for kindergarten in the ministry in 1994/1995, its mission overseeing the establishment of kindergartens in the private sector, charities and licensed, and follow-up its affairs and to make sure their application to the conditions and standards to ensure the safety of children and their security.
    Pursuant to the provisions of Article (8 / b) of the Education Law No. (3) for the year 1994, as amended, and which reads (establish the Ministry of Education and kindergarten in the limits of its possibilities, according to a phased plan).

    In 1999/2000, the ministry started the development of public kindergartens in remote areas not served by the private sector, and to achieve the principle of equal opportunities for all children and their right to education and wherever classroom in primary schools female or mixed. In line with the critical care early childhood in Jordan, and implementation of plans aimed at development and activation of cooperation and partnership with all stakeholders, and competent and supportive in this side, the Ministry of Education of Jordan on the implementation of several programs and projects, that would translate theory of early childhood development to curriculum scientific and practical, and the development of capabilities and skills of children, parents and workers in these Riyadh, in dealing with early childhood and needs, and contributed to the ministry an active partner in the preparation of Early Childhood Development Strategy in 2000, and devoted a major component in the education development project into a knowledge economy (ERfKE) the first and second two phases.
    These projects include the following:
    1. National Project for the development of pre-school education
    The support of the Arab Gulf Program for supporting the United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), the National Council for Family Affairs, in cooperation with local experts to work on:
    • preparation of the national curriculum interactive public kindergartens.
    • Develop criteria for the establishment and licensing of private kindergartens.
    • develop the capacity of workers in kindergartens, where they were training (100) of workers in the field of public kindergartens on the program of work with young children (and Eskins) in collaboration with the Center for Faith Early Learning.

    2. Education development project into a knowledge economy (ERfKE I): is a strategic project launched by the Ministry of Education in 2003 aimed at the advancement of education in Jordan and be of four major components, and component IV, for kindergarten and aims to develop children’s readiness to learn from early childhood included four sub-components:

    1. Institutional efficiency
    2. Professional Development
    3. Expansion in kindergarten
    4. Community participation

    3. Education Development Project towards a knowledge-based economy (ERfKE II) component of early childhood, and is designed to:

    Further expansion in the establishment of public kindergartens and enhance the quality of programs offered
    For children through the following areas:
    The first area: – Institutional Development: included the following:
    1. Prepare early childhood Tqrirceasat.
    2. Childhood Development Directorate at the Department of Education in the Ministry and included three sections:
    • Department of kindergartens and nurseries
    • Child Protection Section
    • Department of dependence and equipment
    3. Raise the adequacy of workers in kindergartens in the ministry.

    4. The formation of a regional action teams early childhood comprising members from the Ministry of Education in the departments of Education and representatives from the private sector and charities, universities and the media to develop and implement participatory plans would expand kindergarten.
    5. Quality system of public kindergartens:
    Quality system has been prepared for public kindergartens and training teachers and kindergarten principals and supervisors concerned, the application of the system and internal audit mechanisms to him, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
    6. Accreditation system for kindergarten:
     standards have been prepared for the adoption of public kindergartens and private through a national team was formed for this purpose and with the support of the National Council for Family Affairs.
    7. Work is currently under way to amend the National Curriculum interactive based on field observations.

    The second area: Professional Development

    1) the preparation of national competencies for kindergarten teachers and approval.
    2) was developed comprehensive training manual for kindergarten teachers.
    3) training manual has been prepared for kindergarten school principals and training.
    4) study was conducted, aimed at assessing the physical environment and the organization and management trends and practices for kindergarten teachers and the first three rows with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    The third area: the expansion of kindergarten quality

    Furnishing and equipping of public kindergartens list:
     maintenance and furnishing and equipping of 900 kindergarten.
     been expanded in kindergarten, as the number of kindergarten (1000) kindergarten for the academic year 2011/2012.

    The fourth area: community participation

    1. Expansion program of parental involvement as volunteers in kindergarten and the first three rows:
     program has been implemented in all public kindergartens.
    The program was implemented in the first three rows in schools that include kindergartens are furnished and maintained by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
    .
    2. Expansion of parental awareness project:

     been held (1570) training course, which has been reached to approximately (31000 donor and donor care).
    3. Raise children’s readiness to learn

    – Confirms studies and research that maturity physical, mental, social and emotional affected including provided home and community opportunities and experiences suitable for children, and based on the results of a study prepared Jordanian children to learn that the National Center for Human Resources Development, which shows that there is weakness in the social aspect of emotional and health aspect Jasmi came the need to increase readiness awareness parents about early childhood and its importance and how to participate proactive and positive in supporting the development and growth of their children and the development of their willingness to learn through concerted efforts between the kindergarten and home and support learning opportunities provided in the schooling program and enhance the quality of these programs to meet their needs in all aspects of physical and social, emotional and cognitive and language to increase the willingness to learn.
    Despite widespread public kindergartens and private in Jordan; except that there are many children who can not attend to the inability of Riyadh government in some areas to accommodate the increasing number of children in this age, making skills enjoyed by a child who got a chance Joining sophisticated row kindergarten and advanced to the child who did not get this opportunity and this led to the differences in the results for these children when they enter first grade primary where the children were enrolled in a row kindergarten sophisticated and advanced and clear.
    From this point considered the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the support of educational development (ERSP) to develop the bag educational activities aimed at the group of children who are not enrolled in Riyadh government or private and are trying to promote and teaching them the skills necessary to prepare for first grade primary bridge the gap between the two groups in addition to Toviralfrsh to interact part of the activities designed to strengthen the role of parents in the development and education of their children. The bag included a range of interactive educational activities, has been training a group of kindergarten supervisors and administrators and school principals phase, and then train the children and their parents were given priority in the application of the first phase – the pilot – from the program in remote areas and the less fortunate.

    Childhood and technologies:

     The Ministry of Education and an agreement with IBM for KIDSMART program for early education.

     under the Convention provided IBM (422) device computer KIDSMART for early education through the years (2003-2011), and were distributed to public kindergartens after training administrators and kindergarten teachers.
     assessment code, has been preparing a training manual for the software.
     been trained 370 teacher training manual.
    . Was an assessment study of the software
     will work with universities to develop software to raise ready. Children to learn

    Japanese volunteer program:

     ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA), which was to provide the ministry with (6) volunteers for three directorates Education (Ajloun, Mafraq, Madaba)
     within the framework of cooperation and exchange of experiences was dispatching a number of supervisors to Japan, Syria, Egypt, and held workshops to discuss and view the experiences of these countries in kindergarten.
     A manual on educational activities for early childhood using ores environment.
     is currently working on preparing a handbook for popular games in the early childhood attachment CD (DVD).

    School feeding program:

     implementation of the initiative royal providing health care and food for all the students, the Ministry of Education expanded project feeding public schools to include students rows basic (1-6) and public kindergartens, and in several stages, in cooperation with the Jordan Armed Forces, where the project aims to :

    1. Work to improve the nutritional and health status of children in government schools, by offering a balanced daily diet.
    2. Development and installation of sound eating habits among students Tstmmermdy life.

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