This post is a continuation to the previous post that has my comments sub sessions I attended. I am also quoting the final suggestions from the closing ceremoney.

The second day I picked first the session on higher education policies moderated by Shahm Al Wir and then institutionalizing creativity and innovation with Laith Qasem as moderator.

The first session of the second day was one I thought would be the most interesting. I am personally interested in education in general and I think all our efforts would go to waste if the problems we face with education remain the same. The sub session on higher education policies that I attended was rather small in space and number. All of the participants in it were university students apart from 2 older participants. Meaning almost everyone there was younger than 24. The moderator himself was young as well.

Comments on this sub session:

– Many students were personally frustrated with our systems, which was good to see. Not that our system is not working, but the fact that they were personally worried.

– The moderator repeatedly cut us short and wouldn’t let people share everything they wanted to say.

– Every single participant repeated over and over again that our admission policies are a failure. Many also attributed that to the failure of out Tawjihi exams as an assessment of abilities and future careers.

– Many students also mentioned the lack of knowledge to school students of majors in universities which leads to them studying something they don’t want and sometimes changing majors half way through. A simple suggestion of having a program for school students to introduce them to majors was totally ignored in the final list of suggestions. (Off topic a bit, that is one of the programs we’re working on at Ta7weeleh, will write about that soon)

– All of the participants suggested that we have a foundation year at university in which we take general subjects and not decide on our majors. That way everyone applies for a major by second year after taking different courses from different majors. That suggestion as well was ignored and not put in the list of final suggestions.

– Another suggestion that was ignored was to bring back efficiency exams (امتحانات الكفائة) and enforcing them on all graduates.

– Most suggestions used words such as: restructuring, reviewing, reinforcing, supporting. That, to me, is unacceptable.

The final list that was read to us is:

التعليم

1. الالتزام بوقف التدخلات الأمنية في الجامعات وتهيئة الظروف اللازمة لبناء جسم نقابي ممثل للطلاب وتكريس مبدأ الانتخاب في كل الهيئات الشبابية.

2. تعزيز استقلال اتحادات الطلبة بحيث يتم انتخاب كافة أعضائها من الطلبة مباشرة.

3. إعادة هيكلة مؤسسات التدريب والتشغيل المهني وإشراك القطاع الخاص بإدارتها.

4. إعادة النظر في سياسات القبول الجامعي بحيث تحقق العدالة بين جميع الفئات.

5. إعادة النظر في التخصصات العلمية في الجامعات الأردنية بما يتلاءم مع احتياجات أسواق العمل الوطنية والإقليمية.

6. مراجعة أسس ومعايير تعيين أعضاء الهيئات التدريسية في الجامعات، وتدريبهم على أساليب التعليم التفاعلي لتحسين مخرجات التعليم الجامعي.

7. وضع معايير واضحة لاختيار رؤساء الجامعات والعمداء بناء على أسس أكاديمية وإدارية.

8. دعم صناديق الطلبة لزيادة أعداد المستفيدين منها.

9. توحيد أسعار الساعات المعتمدة في جميع الجامعات الأردنية.

10. توحيد أنظمة التقييم الأكاديمي في جميع الجامعات الأردنية.

11. تطوير الآليات الداعمة والممولة للبحث العلمي في الجامعات الأردنية.

12. إعادة صياغة دور عمادات شؤون الطلبة وتعزيز استقلال اتحادات الطلبة.

13. التنسيق مع المؤسسات الوطنية والقطاعات الاقتصادية للقيام بدورها في تدريب الخريجين والخريجات لزيادة فرصهم في الحصول على عمل.

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The final sub session that I attended was on creativity, and it honestly and sadly was the least creative session out of the 4. The moderator Laith Al-Qasem, was a speaker at TEDxDeadSea a few weeks ago.

According to the TEDxDeadSea page, “ Laith currently holds several positions: Chairman of Arabian Business Consultants for Development, Chief of Party of the USAID funded Jordan Economic Development Program, Chairman of RUBICON (Jordan Training Technology Group). Mr. Al-Qasem is a member of the Jordanian Economic and Social Council, founder and board member of the Young Entrepreneurs Association, President of Partners Jordan for Democratic Change, Chairman of the Al-Aman fund for Orphans, Treasurer and board member of Tkiyet Um Ali.”

Comments on this session:

-The participants in this particular session seemed to be of a lower level than most of the people I had seen at other sessions. Not much was being said, the idea of what creativity is did not seem to be fully formed to most. In my opinion Laith was a bit low on energy and failed to moderate the session to direct it into real issues. I don’t want to fully blame him, he seemed like he had lost hope, and was just letting things go with the flow.

– I sadly don’t have any comments, the 2 hours seemed to go by with next to nothing being discussed. One man was stuck on the idea of how no one supports the creativity of people from different governorates and communities. Many, including me, failed at suggesting solutions for this issue. I don’t think creativity can be put in a box and defined, or that it has direct solutions to develop it or establishing it in institutions.

The final list of suggestions:

الإبداع

1. إطلاق صندوق لدعم الإبداع ومأسسة الجهود الوطنية في هذا المجال وتحفيز القطاع الخاص للمشاركة في تمويله
2. نشر ثقافة الإبداع كجزء من الثقافة المجتمعية عن طريق المناهج والإعلام والأنشطة المدرسية والجامعية والشبابية.

3. إيجاد مؤسسة وطنية لتوحيد الجهود الداعمة للإبداع من حيث التوعية بقضايا الإبداع، واحتضان المبدعين وتقديم التمويل المناسب لهم ودعم الإبداع المؤسسي في الشركات والمؤسسات.

4. مأسسة رعاية المبدعين من فنانين وكتاب ومخترعين وتوفير الدعم المادي والمعنوي له وإجراء التعديلات التشريعية اللازمة

5. التعريف بالمبدعين الأردنيين من خلال المناهج التعليمية في المدارس والجامعات واعتماد المؤلفات ذات العلاقة ضمن موجودات مكتبات المدارس والجامعات.

6. تدريب المعلمين في المدارس على برامج وأساليب تنمية التفكير ألابتكاري والإبداعي.

7. إيجاد آليات للتعريف على المستوى الوطني بالمبدعين وبالمبادرات الإبداعية الشبابية وقصص النجاح، مع التأكيد على دور الإعلام في هذا المجال.

8. إيجاد آليات لتحويل مخرجات الإبداع إلى منتجات وتسويقها.

9. تفعيل تطبيق تشريعات حماية الملكية الفكرية.

Check this for the final list of suggestions that was read to us at the closing session.

Also here is a general description and overview of the programs of Day 1 and Day 2 at the Jordan Youth Forum.

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