Bringing Global Connections to Life in Jordan
Since 1992, iEARN has engaged Jordanian educators and youth in collaborative thematic online projects activities and exchange partnerships with their peers worldwide. For 20 years, Jordanian educators and youth have been highly motivated, technology-savvy collaborators in iEARN projects. Highlights of the program have included:
- In July 2004, 164 educators from 15 countries convened in Amman to promote cross-cultural education through student-centered learning projects. Under the auspices of the Jordanian Ministry of Education, the conference was hosted by iEARN-Jordan in with support from iEARN-USA, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State, Progress Travel, al-Quds College, AMIDEAST, Apple-Malaysia, and other international and local partners.
- In September 2004, iEARN-USA and iEARN-Jordan joined with MOUSE, Inc. and AYUSA International to launch the first-ever Partnerships for Learning Linking Individuals for Knowledge and Culture (LINC) Initiative. The pilot program, supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Youth Program Division, took a first step towards developing a global model to utilize the energy of technology-savvy youth toward supporting their schools and their communities.
- In November 2009, iEARN-Jordan worked with iEARN-USA to host a “Cairo-Kansas” video conference discussion of climate change moderated by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Waleed Al-Ma’ani, the Jordanian Minister of Education.
- In February 2011, iEARN-Jordan hosted a workshop for the “Think Arabia Group,” a network of young IT and Media Specialists in Jordan. The workshop covered iEARN project-based learning concepts, and was made possible through support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art whose mission is to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures.
- In 2012, iEARN-Jordan conducted an introductory workshop to educators from Al-Hasad Private School and the RELO/American Language Center (ALC).
Jordanian educators and youth who had the experience of being engaged in iEARN projects and global online collaboration activities have shown increase interest in community service, and enhanced self-esteem and motivation. iEARN-Jordan coordinator Khitam Al-Utaibi writes:
iEARN-Jordan is committed to internationalizing education among our teachers and students and our participation in meaningful and locally relevant iEARN online collaborative projects supports our goals. As a member of the iEARN community, we are committed to working with traditionally underserved populations, and will make every effort to ensure our Global Connections 2.0 efforts reflect this support of diversity.
iEARN-USA is excited to start our third decade of working with iEARN-Jordan, and we’d love your help to increase the program’s impact by offering as many US and Jordanian teachers and students as possible in the next two years.