Madrasati means “my school” in Arabic. An initiative launched in 2008 under the auspices of the Jordan River Foundation, Madrasati is affiliated with the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF).
Madrasati mobilizes the resources of individuals, private companies and organizations to improve the physical and educational learning environments of Jordan’s most neglected public schools.
Research shows that the quality of physical learning environments has an impact on students’ safety, health, attendance, and academic performance. As low-quality learning environments are neither conducive to quality learning outcomes nor to developing well-rounded students, Madrasati rejuvenates physical spaces and provides ancillary resources most needed at individual schools.
Madrasati serves Jordanian public schools run by the Ministry of Education identified as most underperforming and most in need of renovation.
Madrasati has 140 partners from the public, private and civil society sectors.
School renovation: All Madrasati schools have undergone comprehensive maintenance and renovation to make them safer and more conducive learning environments. When possible, Madrasati also equips schools with sanitation products, classroom supplies, sports equipment, technological equipment, and art materials.
Needs-driven programs: Madrasati draws in over 45 active NGO partners, including other QRF affiliations (e.g. Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS), The Jordan Education Initiative (JEI), Children’s Museum Jordan (The Museum), to provide effective programs for Madrasati schools, including personal and professional development opportunities for teachers, technology in education programs, child safety and healthy school initiatives, and sports for life skills initiatives. One of Madrasati’s recent programs is aimed at teachers in particular: the Proud to be a Teacher program helps motivate them to become better teachers and to be proud of their profession.
Another needs-driven program is the Remedial Centers, designed to improve learning outcomes and effective integration of Syrian refugee children within the school system, minimizing the impact that the overcrowding might create. The Remedial Centers serve around 7,000 Jordanian and Syrian students in Irbid, Mafraq, Amman, Zarqa, Karak and Ma’an governorates.
The combination of infrastructure and capacity building programs has had a positive impact on Madrasati schools. Student academic performance has improved by 5-8% in 130 Madrasati schools surveyed. The Ministry of Education has also reported a 10% decrease in truancy at the schools. Madrasati currently works in around 500 schools in Jordan, with 174,000 students and 10,700 teachers benefiting. The organization has successfully engaged 650 volunteers from across Jordan.
‘Madrasati refurbished our school, which was built in 1968 and hadn’t been maintained well since then. They also provided the teachers with training and the students were always the focus of all their work.’
-Maha Asfour- Principal of Amoura Secondary School for Girls/ Ramtha
About 94,000 children live in East Jerusalem, an impoverished area where school drop-out rates are high, and where 50% of Palestinian boys who start school never finish. These Palestinian children face significant obstacles to accessing quality education. Madrasati Palestine was established in 2010 using the same approach as Madrasati Jordan to work toward fulfilling every child’s right to receive a quality education. It renovates and rejuvenates schools and provides educational and extra-curricular programs in some of the neediest schools in East Jerusalem.
Madrasati Palestine currently work closely with 22 schools, applying a comprehensive approach by enhancing the role of the students as effective members of the community, equipping and inspiring teachers, and ensuring safe, healthy, and interactive environments in the schools. School renovation is carried out under the auspice of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. Educational programs include: safe schools, healthy schools, technology and innovation and teacher professional development, drawing on the expertise and experience of sister affiliations QRTA and JEI.