Jordan signs education deal with Intel

Country will implement chip giant’s teaching technology in schools

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

Intel and the Jordanian Ministry of Education (JMOE) have signed an agreement to implement the Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Program in Jordan. Part of Intel’s Digital Transformation Initiative, this education programme is expected to enhance students’ learning process by bring new thinking tools to the classroom.

Following the success of the Intel Teach programme, which resulted in training of more than 30 thousand teachers from public schools in Jordan from 2003 to 2006, the Jordan Ministry of Education expressed interest in further extending the programme as it supports its Education Reform for Knowledge Economy and the teachers professional development programme.

“Investing in our youth is key to reaching the next level of global competitiveness. Jordan is a hallmark of thriving education programmes and has served as a showcase for the rest of the Arab world,” commented Dr Khaled Toukan, Minister of Education.

“The Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Program will entail training a minimum of 10,000 teachers in pursuant to the programme during the next five years. This will in turn touch the learning environments of over 150,000 students and will propel them to reach new heights in their academic and professional lives in later years,” Toukan added.

Dr Martina Roth, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) education director for Intel, said the agreement was further testimony to Intel’s strong commitment to education in the Middle East.

“The Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Program focuses on revolutionising the learning environment by bringing new teaching methods to the classroom,” claimed Roth.

“Intel has a long history of working to improve education worldwide and its ongoing programs prepare teachers and students for success in the global economy. Education is a key driver of our global World Ahead programme, which aims to enhance lives by accelerating access to uncompromised technology for everyone, anywhere in the world,” she added.

In April this year, 13 Jordan senior trainers were trained on the complete programme by professionals from the US. The training was conducted over a five days period and was concluded by a demonstration of participants’ work show casing the unit portfolios developed during the training incorporating the three thinking tools.

A team from the senior trainers along with ministry representative worked jointly with a third party in Jordan to translate and localise the curriculum. Extensive work took place as the locally adapted contents would be the first Arabic contents produced and will be used in other Arab countries in the region.

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