What it’s like to teach in Jordan

One science teacher explains what it is like to teach in Jordan

At my school, we work in a two-shift system owing to a lack of funds and overcrowding. My students – 900 refugee girls aged between 6 and 16 – start the day at 6.45am and finish at 12.30pm.

First on the timetable is exercise in the schoolyard, and speeches from students who are in the school parliament. We then have morning lessons and 15 minutes for lunch – not long enough to eat a whole meal – before they go back to lessons for the rest of the morning.

In a typical day, I teach physics and basic science for students, and I have 26 classes per week. It takes a great effort.

My students ...

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