Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education Expands its Reach
October 13, 2015 - Irbid, Jordan - The Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education (JCEE) of the King Hussein Foundation (KHF) yesterday opened two additional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) labs in Irbid at the Othman bin Affan School for boys and Khadija Om Almo'meneen School for girls. The opening of these new STEM-equipped labs is a testament to JCEE’s dedication to providing Jordanian students with equal access to the highest-quality education. This is part of a year-long effort to bring STEM curricula to the Irbid governorate through a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program implemented by FHI360.
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Through STEM, students acquire the skills to learn, integrate, interpret and communicate science, technology, engineering and mathematics content to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems. STEM-proficient students can also engage in inquiry, collaborate as a team to analyze their career opportunities, and apply technology strategically, engaging responsibly with it and creating new technologies that extend human capability.
“It’s a fact that our future is in the hands of innovators and technology-creators,” says JCEE Manager Ismail Yasein. “And it is our responsibility as educators to provide our students with the tools that will make them competitive and allow them to strive and become the leaders of their future. That’s what STEM is about.”
In preparation, 25 teachers from both schools received intensive STEM training and Foundation Training, which aims to build teachers’ capacities under the theme of Excellence in Education. The two fully-equipped STEM labs opened to the Irbid community at large yesterday and have already attracted 140 student registrants.
The new labs were inaugurated under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Mohammed Thneibat, the Minister of Education, represented by Mr. Ali Dwairi, as well as representatives from King Hussein Foundation, Jubilee Institute, Queen Rania Center for Educational Technology and USAID.
The JubiIee Institute, which encompasses the Jubilee School and Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education, was founded to promote advanced learning and innovation, and enhance the progressive development of state-of-the-art curricula with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Since 1998, thousands of students, teachers and administrators in public and private schools in Jordan and across Arab countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine, have been trained on Great Explorations in Math and Science, the applications of information technology in education, and STEM programs. Annually, the JCEE organizes regional competitions and prepares students for international competitions in computer programming and designing, robotic sciences and renewable energy.