Engaging education professionals in promoting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
UN Women, in partnership with the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), has developed a strategic cooperation framework with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the National Center for Curriculum Development (NCCD) in order to support gender mainstreaming into the national education system, with the specific aim to promote the role of women in peace processes and in the security sector as an initial step in the long-term process of ensuring gender equality in the new curriculum framework for Jordan.
Aligned with national strategies and priorities, this initiative is held under the Jordan National Action Plan (JONAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), generously supported by the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom. “Education is one of the key pillars of the JONAP and through this session today we can inform and integrate gender mainstreaming into our education curriculum,” affirmed Ms. Najwa Qbelat, Director of Planning and Research Directorate, MoE.
The first capacity building opportunity took place on 7-9 October 2019, bringing together 30 representatives from the MoE and NCCD. The workshop provided a dynamic space for curriculum designers and representatives to strengthen their understanding of key gender definitions and inform future curriculum and textbook design in line with the MoE’s Gender Equality Action Plan and the JONAP. A dedicated task force was also established to draft an initial action plan and recommendations for implementing the gender analysis of the curriculum framework.
A follow-up workshop was held on 26 November 2016 to finalize a Joint Work Plan between all partners. The goal is to engage the general public in the process - with a specific focus on consulting parents, teachers and community - to also raise awareness on Jordan’s pioneering efforts in implementing the JONAP. Dr. Ruba Bataineh, Executive Director of the National Center for Curriculum Development, welcomed the increased coordination across different departments, divisions and units “we are one team that will make the change”.
Overall, the JONAP was developed through a highly consultative process, with national partners recognizing the crucial role school curricula can play in reinforcing and shifting gender norms. In Jordan, there has been growing understanding of the need to revise the national curriculum to mainstream gender, including the integration of Women, Peace and Security principles into the education system. In addition, the JONAP is one of the only two national action plans globally that prioritizes high-quality, formal education as an essential foundation to peace and security.