Amman, Jordan

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 4,414
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Achieve Social Development through Learning for all

Jordan has always been home to people from many different backgrounds. Over the years, Jordanian society has made progress through education and human capacity building.

Vision and motivation

Amman seeks to transform into a learning city by providing continuous learning opportunities for all and developing a value system to guide daily life. Project ‘Amman Learning City’ promotes informal and non-formal learning opportunities in local communities, and generates dialogue and interaction within those communities. It is the first of its kind in the Arab world.

Challenges and goals

Amman’s fundamental focus is on development in order to combat problems such as disrespect for the law, inequality, intolerance and violence. Amman’s learning city initiative combats the marginalization of informal and non-formal learning and encourages citizens to recognize their role in the learning process.

Plan and implementation

The city creates community-based learning opportunities by connecting people who are keen to learn with those who are willing to share their knowledge, turning used and abandoned locations into functional learning spaces, and encouraging people to adapt learning experiences and to welcome learners and visitors into various areas of Amman’ society.

Capacity-building and knowledge-sharing are key concepts of Amman’s learning city project. Amman’s citizens are encouraged to explore the city, discover learning spaces in other neighbourhoods, participate in learning events, and meet people and build networks. The project promotes learning that is radically different from that offered within the formal education system. This culture of development and learning is gradually spreading throughout the municipality.

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