Strengthening the capacity of TVET staff to enhance curricula development in the Jordanian horticulture sector

21 January 2022

Continent: Middle East

Duration: 2019-2021

Donor: Nuffic

Partner: Maastricht school of management (MSM), Acacia, Profyta, UvA, Qpoint

17 March 2021

Introduction to the project

The objective of the technical support is to promote horticulture growth and sustainable & equitable water use. The support concentrates on enhancing horticulture curricula and programs of two TVET providers at Community College level and one Higher Education provider.

Challenge

The focus of the project is to strengthen the technical capacities of their teaching staff and management to successfully provide these courses and educate young people in the field of horticulture sector development and optimizing water efficiency and wastewater re-use for irrigation. Curricula and courses will be strongly based on assessed needs in the horticulture labour market.

The technical support project is divided into five main components:

  1. technologies for water efficiency and waste water re-use for agriculture (skills, technology transfer, professional PP network);
  2. innovation, entrepreneurship & employability;
  3. full horticulture value chain development and skills needs;
  4. occupational & certification standards and matching industry-skills needs, incl. dual system & apprenticeship approach;
  5. gender, youth & marginalized groups including refugees.

Impact

The training needs and motivation analysis that was conducted among refugees gave clear insight in the training and employment background of the target group, as well as their specific needs for practical skills in horticulture and their ambitions in terms of (self-)employment. This background information is now being integrated into a training of master trainers (ToT) of JEAE and the final training programme for refugees and host communities in fruit trees management, vegetable crop production, and hydroponic and aquaponic horticulture. The ToT programme will be further disseminated to other trainers and TVET providers, aiming to expand the capacity to training refugees and host communities in practical horticulture skills.

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Our solution/approach

Services implemented by or in cooperation with CINOP include:

  • Mapping of economic and education & training stakeholders in the Jordanian horticultural sector (incl. situation training and employment for refugees)
  • Skills needs analysis among private sector
  • Gaps analysis and review of a selected number of education and training programmes
  • Training of trainers in didactical and technical/practical skills, addressing also special needs of refugees and host communities
  • Validation, accreditation and roll-out of revised curricula
  • Design of entrepreneurship and incubation programme

Impact

The first phase of the project, in which we worked on the improvement of the curriculum of the Community College Diploma in Plant Production, has resulted in increased understanding and skills of the teachers and private sector stakeholders in the joint identification of labour market relevant learning objectives and learning outcomes for all specialised modules. This will form the basis of a revised approach to relevant, up-to-date and practice oriented education.

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