US library books in Jordan encourage creativity

Jordan has launched a US-funded library book program in its public primary schools to encourage critical thinking in an effort to more away from rote education. More than 2 million books belonging to the "My Arabic Library" collection are being used in 2,000 public schools in Jordan, said Fatenah Amawi, Jordan's representative for the New York-based publisher Scholastic Corp. "My Arabic Library" includes novels and science books that have been translated into Arabic for students in grades one to six in the Middle East. "There were challenges at first, of course," Amawi said.