أحمـد عبد البــــاســط رجـــوب  

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

OFFICIAL NAME : The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

POPULATION : 10 million .

CAPITAL : Amman.

MAIN CITIES : Amman, Zarqa, Aqaba, Irbid, Sal,Karak.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic, Although English is used in commerce and by many Jordanians.

VISAS : Valid passport, visas may be obtained in advance fromJordanian Consulates and Embassies. Visas may also be issued on arrival in Jordan.

CURRENCY : The Jordanian Dinar (JD) is divided into 1,000 fils.

(Some Jordanians refer to piasters instead of fils. There are 100 piasters to the dinar, so for example, 30 piasters = 300 fils.

NOTES : 500 fils, 1, 5, 10, 20 dinars.

COINS : 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000 fils.

TRAVEL : The Royal Jordanian Airline links Amman with many of the capitals of Europe, South Asia and the Arab World, and operates wide body jets to New York.

Many other international air carriers also operate regularly to Amman. The Queen Alia International Airport south of Amman is one of the most modern facilities in the Middle East.

Good international roads link Jordan with surrounding countries.

Daily bus service and weekly Hejaz Railway trains connect Amman with Damascus.

Taxi service is also available.

Travel within Jordan is efficient and enjoyable. A good road system is constantly being expanded and upgraded, and most of the sites a visitor would want to see are at most withen few hours drive from Amman.

Jordan's road signs are marked in English and Arabic, and there are petrol stations and rest houses at regular intervals throughout the country.

High Lights For Jordan ordan's investment in education has paid off handsomely, as is demonstrated by a soaring literacy rate. In 1960, only 33 percent of Jordanians aged fifteen and over could functionally read and write.

After 34 years of pro-education governmental policies, however, the 1996 literacy rate had climbed to 85.4 percent.

Jordan hopes to continue this remarkable rise by achieving 92 percent literacy by the turn of the century.

While the overall literacy rate has risen sharply, a substantial gender gap remains: two-thirds of all illiterate Jordanians are women.

One of the most significant policy choices that has benefited Jordan's educational system has been the decision to favor spending on basic education over higher education.

This has facilitated the country's goal of universal enrollment and has boosted literacy levels throughout the general population.

By consistently allocating more than three-fourth of the total education budget to primary and secondary schooling, Jordan hasa dopted a negalitarian approach to education which has benefited the entire country in the long term.

Jordan's education record has proven impressive by international standards, and results from the foresight of the country's leadership, who saw the need to focus on building the country's human capital to meet the challenges of the future

 

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