“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”
- Albert Einstein
When we reflect upon the great strides our nation and indeed the whole world made in only the second half of the last millennium it is astounding to find that our accomplishments in less than half of that time in the 21st century have been greatly accelerated. Now, Fifteen years into the 21st century, the relentless pace at which technology is advancing coupled with its ever increasing proliferation into our daily lives, routines and of course business, ought to be taken as a clear indication of just how exiting and competitive our young peoples’ future promises to be.
The continued success of our nations’ progress hinges on the continued success of our education system. Jordan Education Initiative was founded in 2003 and later institutionalized to fulfill the vision Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah have for the future of Jordan’s educational innovation and continued active participation and influence in the Global Knowledge-based Economy.
Back when members of our generation attended school, our teachers continually experimented with new ways of getting us involved in our educational materials. From time to time we were introduced to new ways of working together that allowed us to solve problems and complete tasks with ‘innovative’ approaches.
Of course at the time of our youth, we lived in an ‘analogue world’. Personal electronics, computing, networking and social media all took on much different forms, and the internet like most of the tools we take for granted today were all still firmly rooted in science fiction, yet the education system had armed us with the best knowledge and tools that have enabled us to steer the nation forward on the path it is still on today. Today, although we have aged, our nation remains vibrantly young, and a new generation is being readied to take our place. JEI is concerned primarily with this endeavor. Ensuring that the education our children and young people receive in schools today remains as innovative and modern with respect to the requirements of the Global Economy as it is today, and as it will be tomorrow.
The programs that JEI has piloted and participated in along with its partners, be they from business, government, civil society and of course academia, in action-oriented partnerships that have been and will continue to address the challenges of 21st century education and provide opportunities that foster economic growth and gainful employment.
Now, as we look to expand our programs and Educational Model in a nationwide strategy, JEI and the Ministry of Education, which has always been and continues to be our primary partner, will build on the invaluable experience and success that our partnership has fostered over the last 11 years to bring countless new wonders to our education system.
As we look ahead to the future, we reflect upon our past accomplishments and our present undertakings to imagine what it might be like. It seems fitting as we contemplate the unknown to consider a phrase that we hold dear at JEI:
“A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image” – Unknown
None of us can actually know what the future truly holds, however by what we have to go by, we can indeed safely assert that for Jordan, there is a Bright Future Ahead…