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World Bank to support Jordan’s social sectors

Jordan's $400m Masar programme aims to equip Jordanian children and youth with the relevant skills for the labour market Arora
Jordan's $400m Masar programme aims to equip Jordanian children and youth with the relevant skills for the labour market

The World Bank has approved $700 million programmes to support Jordan’s health, education and social assistance sectors.

The $300 million Jordan human capital programme aims to improve the governance and effectiveness of social sectors, as well as safeguard households from the adverse effects of climate change.

In addition, the $400 million Masar programme will equip Jordanian children and youth with relevant skills for the labour market and the country’s ongoing economic transformation.  

The programme focuses on primary areas such as improving home-to-school transitions and increasing access to foundational learning, and enhancing school-to-work transitions and expanding access to labour market-relevant technical and vocational education training (TVET).

Masar aims to enroll 25,000 additional students in KG2 and register 150,000 students in grades 1-3 in targeted programmes to improve foundational skills by 2029. It intends to graduate 50,000 students from accredited TVET programmes in priority sectors.

Jordan will need to harness its greatest potential asset – its human capital, particularly its youth and women – to achieve its development ambitions, said World Bank country director for the Middle East department Jean-Christophe Carret.

By further investing in education, health, and social protection, Jordan can strengthen the resilience of its economy and make it more inclusive, he added. 

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