- Implementation Support Agency (ISA): World Bank
- Total project financing: $100 million
- Funding from GCFF: $18.6 million
- GCFF Financing Approval Date: 06/12/2020
- Project Closing Date: 05/31/2025
- % Disbursed: 47%
- Status: Under implementation
About the project
Tangible progress has been made in expanding access to education in Jordan over the past four decades, but challenges remain both in the areas of access and quality of education. Access challenges are particularly severe for Syrian refugee children in Jordan. Expanding access to quality KG2 poses a formidable challenge, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, including Syrian refugees.
The Additional Financing (AF) is providing timely technical and financial support to cope with the medium-term challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Education sector financing will be a key challenge in times of increased pressure on the public budget, reductions in disposable incomes of families, and pressure on international financing as donor countries themselves have often been severely affected by the pandemic. The AF provides crucial support for investment in the human capital of the generation that will have to pay for the debts that countries are incurring to cope with the crisis today. The AF will further support MOE in leveraging investments in distance learning as a launching pad for more effective and inclusive education services. In supporting the ESP, this AF is aligned with the larger landscape of support by development partners to the Jordanian education sector.