The teachers will lead after-school activities for children and youth in 200 schools, fostering life skills development, active lifestyle, tolerance, acceptance, and social cohesion
5 September 2018 – Amman/Jordan: The Ministry of Education (MoE), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Generations For Peace, has completed a series of twelve regional trainings to prepare participating teachers for the re-launch of the Nashatati Programme. Now entering its second year, the programme will double its reach, implementing life skills and sport-based activities in 200 schools across all twelve Jordanian governorates.
Launched by the former Minister of Education and current Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Omar Razzaz, the Nashatati Programme aims to provide children from grades 1 to 10 with opportunities to interact and engage in after-school activities that foster life skills development, active lifestyle, tolerance, acceptance, and social cohesion in a safe environment.
As the programme continues to expand across the Kingdom, Generations For Peace and UNICEF have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education on both a national scale and within each community and governorate. The partnership led to massive success in the 2017-2018 academic year and has paved the way for the doubling of programme reach in 2018-2019.
Mr. Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Jordan Country Representative, said, “After the success of the programme’s inaugural year, UNICEF remains convinced of the importance of the Nashatati Programme’s impact on children across Jordan. The role of teachers involved in the trainings and their commitment in leading these activities is key to ensuring that all children and youth are able to participate in and learn from the programme.” He added, “Through the ongoing leadership of the Ministry of Education and the continued partnership with Generations For Peace, the newly expanded Nashatati Programme will increase the scope and depth of positive transformations in the lives of students and their communities across Jordan.”
Dr. Mohanned Arabiat, President of Generations For Peace, commented, “The Nashatati Programme focuses on physical activities in sport-based games that are carefully designed to promote life skills in students throughout the Kingdom. Through the ongoing trainings, the teachers who will lead these innovative and conflict-transforming activities are learning the unique dynamics of creating safe spaces that foster social cohesion in communities. Each training session will prepare them to model positive attitudes for the students, preparing them to teach students valuable life skills that will empower them to manage the demands and challenges of their daily lives.”
Riham Aboud, a participating teacher from Aisha Al Ba’oniya School in Ajloun, shared about her experience in the training. “The Nashatati training is helping us refine our skills and giving us the insight that makes me feel more prepared to lead the programme. We are learning how to overcome any obstacles we might face, how to plan effective and engaging activities, and how to monitor our progress as teachers and volunteers.”
Throughout the twelve five-day regional trainings, the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and Generations For Peace trained 400 teachers, who will oversee activities that are expected to reach 20,000 students through daily sessions and 120,000 children and students during Saturday sessions throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Jordan Olympic Committee, Samsung Electronics Levant, Manaseer Group, and Orange are also supporting Generations For Peace to make this programme possible.