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SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010, 07:00 AM

WEF: think 'business unusual'

The great thinkers and tinkerers of global politics and business descended on Davos, Switzerland, for the 40th World Economic Forum last week. This year, in the snowy confines of this small Swiss village, the theme was: Rethink. Redesign. Rebuild. For me, the focus was: Education. Education. Education.




Each year, more is lost by a string of national economies from low quality education than the world lost from the financial crisis. Each year, the income lost by developing countries from not educating their girls is equal to the total aid they receive: about $100 billion.

Moral, humanitarian, and health reasons aside, WEF reminded us that providing education to every child is an economic argument, especially in today’s bleak climate.

A recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) argues that small educational improvements have enormous benefits: if all school systems in the industrialized world were on a par with Finland’s (which is the best), they’d gain $260 trillion over the lifetime of the generation born in 2010. That’s extra income six times the current GDP of these countries.

Education is also a deeply ingrained business interest. No wonder there was a plenary session devoted to the question of education last Saturday. Here and in private meetings, the private sector has begun to open up to arguments that they have a role to play in advancing the global education agenda.

How could they not? The lack of universal quality education is costing businesses around the world billions of dollars in lost trade, revenue, talented employees, innovations, and efficiencies.

Poor education means fewer customers and fewer talented recruits. It means countries burdened by debt, corruption, and waste. In short, the less education there is in the world the worse it is for businesses.

Today there are 72 million children out of primary school, with 300 million more in school receiving a poor education. In secondary education, millions more are graduating unable to read, write, or perform simple sums.

That’s a human tidal wave of illiteracy and poverty crashing down on our global economy, crushing families, communities, and whole countries.

This is unacceptable, whichever way you look at it, and should prompt some tough questions.

What are we doing about it? In 2000, the global community pledged to put every child in school by 2015, but at current rates 56 million primary school children won’t be so lucky.

Why the slow pace? Our global education architecture is fragmented, made up of bilateral donors, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations, corporations, and individual national governments. It’s like launching a large and complex business campaign, only to have all your departments work on it in isolation.

So our goals aren’t achievable? They absolutely are; despite obstacles, there have been some remarkable successes. India alone put 15 million more children into school between 2001 and 2003. Over the last ten years the number of out of school children in South and West Asia has halved. These facts dispel the myth that poor countries cannot achieve rapid progress.

What’s the issue, then? We’ve approached the education challenge “business as usual”: traditional methods, old solutions, same players. The result is a global education sector wrestling with what every business fears most: a lack of funding, investors (donors), and confidence.

What do we need? “Business unusual”: a bold, entrepreneurial, and creative approach, characteristic of the private sector.

Here are six areas that need a rethink:

First, the donors. The pool of countries investing their aid in education is limited. Expanding and diversifying their membership can widen avenues for new donors. We must stop thinking of China, Brazil, and India as just recipients of development aid and start thinking of them as partners in development.

Second, the money. Cash flows have slowed in recent years. Innovation can develop new ways to fundraise, breaking the mould of traditional dependence on donors. Issuing education bonds on capital markets is just one inventive approach to this intractable problem.

Third, the metrics. Our progress is measured by the easiest numbers to collect: enrollment. We need to redefine our business goals by focusing on standards not statistics: what children get out of education systems, not just the number of children we put in.

Fourth, the infrastructure. Poor organization leads to poor performance. The global education sector should unite under one roof. This would encourage predictable financing and coordinated aid, while inspiring greater confidence among donors.

Fifth, the mechanism. The Fast Track Initiative (FTI) was our new delivery chain launched in 2002 so donors’ cheques could reach children’s classrooms more quickly. Unfortunately, the process is hampered by slow procedures and minimal capacity. The result is that money still takes years to reach its destination. There are also few solutions available to help children most desperate for an education: those marginalized by conflict, amounting to a third of all out of school children. The FTI needs urgent and imaginative reform.

Sixth, the politics. None of this will happen if our leaders aren’t convinced to follow through on the pledges they’ve made. We need to persuade them it’s in all our interests that every child receives a quality education.

1GOAL, with the Global Campaign for Education, is an initiative to do just that. Partnered with FIFA, the South Africa World Cup, and a growing number of private sector companies, we’re gathering popular support to pressure politicians to live up to their promises.

If we’re going to give every child an education, we need to emulate the business world where entrepreneurs – bright and ambitious – throw the rule book out the window and try something different.

And, if you’re a business person, you have a part to play, too. With clout that can carry the education message to the halls of power, with leadership that can inspire change in how we help the most vulnerable, you can convince political leaders that global education is not just another social issue, it’s the social issue.

So bring your ingenuity and imagination and find new solutions to old problems. Fight for the right of every child to go to school as hard as you fight for your business interests. Because, in today’s world, they are one and the same.

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thomas.bigapple@gmail.com
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Most Honorable Queen Rania,

I read your blog entry about "business unusal". Having been to Davos I assume you are familiar with Shai Agassi and his idea and vision to make the world a BetterPlace.com .....how is the sustainable development in that direction in Jordan and are you persuing a dialogue in that direction since this would be another effort in the right direction of educating our kids that cars do not need fossil fuels to travel from point A to point B...

the student from pakistan
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mmost Honorable Queen Rania..

I really like your work and i am impressed but i need to ask you something. I did ma 10th Grade but after that My Father was not able to pay my fee. He is a teacher. But still i joined some free classes and i am a software engineer and a researcher now. Well I want to study as well. here in Pakistan we do not have that much funding for education. I designed a web portal which can earn equal to face book or any other famous portal. I just want to ask you that R you just Working for your people or any Muslim can get your help. I am also very good into real estate advisory,I want to work for poor people, i have the plans and solid idea's to teach young generation. please answer my question. If you can help please contact me. We don't have any other way to contact you. I am working for Muslims even FBI blocked my mails and lessons on youtube and my research about Jordan,Qatar,Saudi Arabia. Please help to launch this portal I promise I will never let you down. Please HELP.

snotu
Friday, February 18, 2011

Another thing:

My ideas are great for Jordan, but would also be good for Egypt, Iraq, etc. I believe at least the education and website part would be of interest to you and the people of Jordan. Here is that information:

I have an idea for affordable education. You could create several online schools for all levels of education. Teachers could then stay home making it easier for them. This will save a lot of money because you will not need a building, no rent or appreciation, no security, no books, no insurance, no utilities, etc. This could also have an open forum where students can talk to each other, tutors, teachers, people in the community, business owners, librarians, parents, etc. and students could study together. Because this would be online the expenses would be a lot less, therefore the fees could be a lot less, making it available to many more students. Once my business is profitable, I plan to help by supplying computers and other materials on a regular basis.

I have an idea for affordable education. You could create several online schools for all levels of education. Teachers could then stay home making it easier for them. This will save a lot of money because you will not need a building, no rent or appreciation, no security, no books, no insurance, no utilities, etc. This could also have an open forum where students can talk to each other, tutors, teachers, people in the community, business owners, librarians, parents, etc. and students could study together. Because this would be online the expenses would be a lot less, therefore the fees could be a lot less, making it available to many more students. Once my business is profitable, I plan to help by supplying computers and other materials on a regular basis.

I have a business that can be started by anyone with no investment needed. This will include a website to promote your business. The website will have 100 MB space, 10 emails, domain name, web hosting, support and more. You can sell anything or it can be a personal website. There is no company offering all of this for so little. This will cover all of your advertising and will allow you to sell products if you wish.

Thank you for all of your time and consideration in this matter;

Tom Woznick
CEO Snotu
715-808-0783
952-356-9162
Call or text
www.snotu.ws
tom@snotu.ws
www.snotu.com
snotu@ymail.com
Bringing the world together one talent at a time.

snotu
Friday, February 18, 2011

Queen Raina,

I have an idea for affordable education. You could create several online schools for all levels of education. Teachers could then stay home making it easier for them. This will save a lot of money because you will not need a building, no rent or appreciation, no security, no books, no insurance, no utilities, etc. This could also have an open forum where students can talk to each other, tutors, teachers, people in the community, business owners, librarians, parents, etc. and students could study together. Because this would be online the expenses would be a lot less, therefore the fees could be a lot less, making it available to many more students. Once my business is profitable, I plan to help by supplying computers and other materials on a regular basis.

Here are some other ideas that will be helpful to everyone in the country:

It is time to change the status quo. The record companies and websites like You Tube (owned by Google) and ITunes have been controlling artists and taking most of their money for too long. I need someone who is forward thinking and not afraid to change the entertainment world. I have a way to make a lot of money for you and several others and take the entertainment business back from the corporations. This will happen eventually anyway, so why shouldn't you help initiate this and be the one to profit from it. I am determined, are you?
We are new and are trying to do something really special. Now because you are already established we would value your advice, guidance, and contacts. Please base your opinion on the spirit of what I am trying to do rather than the current design or layout of the website. We were advised by a business owner to look for donations, sponsorships, partners, and investors. While these would be great, we are much more interested in your advice. At this point we are open to working with anyone at whatever level they are comfortable with to achieve success. Because of this, if you are interested, you would have a large impact on how the company is formed and where it goes. All of my ideas can be amended. There are some core principles that I would like to keep in tact but I am open to your suggestions.
It would be great if you or someone you know would help me get a sponsor or an investor or at least a web designer, but I do not expect this. My hope is that you get the spirit of what I am trying to do and if you don't mind mention us while you are out at events. We would be open to any sort of help from you all the way up to partnership. We have had to use some cheaper resources and our website will need improvements. I know you are extremely busy, so could you at least check out my website and give me your opinion.
Like Facebook brings together friends and family, snotu will bring together talented people, for example, like Arnel Pineda and Journey. Let's say there is a German band missing a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist, a drummer, a producer, etc and there happens to be one available in Japan. The German band signs up on Snotu and so does the person in Japan and once they find each other, music fans all over the world can download their music. Now let's say the person from Japan was also a model, this would be promoted too, and maybe a company in Brazil will hire them for a commercial. So maybe you have always wanted to write a book, now you can and you don't need to impress a publisher.
Do you or someone you know ever dreamed of becoming a star. Maybe you wanted to be a singer or model. Some people strive to be actors or maybe write a book. You could be a dancer or fashion designer. We promote sports and entrepreneurs.
As it grows there will be more diversity in music, politics, medical technologies, electronics, movies, books, etc. This website will promote anyone and everyone. If you like, you can check back in about 6 months to see the fresh new talents around the world.
www.snotu.com will promote talent worldwide. Eventually it will be a self promoting website like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. I believe one day this website will be very big. Of course, I do not expect anything from you, I know you are very busy, but any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, could you please suggest someone who you know who may be interested?
My website will do a lot of things. It will bring together, singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, directors, choreographers, dancers, movie makers, actors, authors, play writers, TV stars, actors, gamers, game designers, fashion designers, clothing manufacturers, models, customers, media, the general public, critics, athletes, pro, college, and high school coaches and scouts; etc.
We will promote athletes. We will allow stats, videos, and profiles and keep their contact information private. The idea is to get all semi pro, high school, college, and minor league athletes together on one site with the scouts from amateur and professional leagues worldwide. This will apply to all sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, track, etc. For example, a football player in a semi pro league in Minnesota may be contacted by a team in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, NFL, another semi pro league, Australian Football teams, college teams (to be a coach or player), etc. We will invite scouts from all of these leagues and other sports as well. So this player in Minnesota may end up playing basketball in China or tennis in Germany, or in a rock band in Mexico, or maybe even as a sports announcer in Poland. In addition to this each sports team will have their events online which will eliminate one of the problems many sports programs face. For example, football teams will video tape their games at one or two different angles. They use these for review but also need to make it available for their upcoming opponents and other teams in their conference. What usually happens is they will mail a copy of the game or deliver it by driving, once in the hands of the other team some issues may occur. Not everyone has the same types of video recorders or playback devices and the format it is saved in is not always compatible with other teams’ equipment. Here is where we come in, each team would upload their game to our server and it would be converted to a format that works with our player and anyone with an account (coaches, scouts, parents, athletes, fans, alumni, etc.) can download our player and watch it from several angles. This will be a great undertaking for sure, but we know it will become popular quickly.

It is going to be the first social networking site to bring together talent worldwide. It is called snotu.com. This was named this for the following 3 reasons.

First it is catchy; no one will forget the snot part and will make jokes about it (free advertising). This is similar to the goo in Google.

Secondly it is a statement. Every struggling singer, songwriter, musician, actor, model, author, entrepreneur, etc., has gone to an audition, producer, agency, talent competition, bank, etc., and was told we have only one spot available (one loan to give) and out of the many who tried out: “It's not you” that was chosen. We are sorry, you are talented, but we have only so many slots available.

Lastly it is an acronym: Social Network Of Talent Undiscovered.

My brother was a cartoonist and a writer and really good but like many famous painters, he died poor. If only there was someone to promote him. This gives me so much motivation and I will succeed no matter what it takes.

The talent will not have to be subjected to a panel of so called expert judges as it narrows down the amount of people to 12 and then only one country can vote to keep an individual in the competition. As the contestants get eliminated it becomes a contest of how many teenage girls find a guy cute or how many men vote for the best looking women, it rarely comes down to the most talented. This is shown by the 9 seasons of American Idol, there is only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood that have major success. Look at the way all of the competitions go, the got talent shows, next top model, last comic standing, next food network star, dancing shows, etc., they always have judges who cut down the number of contestants before anyone else has a say and the modeling and cooking shows never have anyone but judges decide. Now imagine every person who tries out is promoted, instead of judges, people from one country, people with a specific cell phone carrier; the world is their stage. If 100 thousand sign up they are all promoted and not just solo artists who are attractive, 16 to 28, and are singers. I will relentlessly promote each and every talent.

We need a little help in the beginning. Any investment or donation will be appreciated. Just think if you could have been an early investor with American Idol.

Another cool feature of this website will be the community or social network aspect. Here is what I mean:

Let's say you are singer but can not read, write, play, or produce music. This website will bring together singers, songwriters, musicians, directors, and producers. Now consider these people coming from different backgrounds, for example: A group could be developed with a singer from Canada, a songwriter from Jamaica, a lead guitarist from France, another guitarist from The Philippines, a drummer from Africa, a pianist from Mexico, a music producer from Portugal, a video director from the US, a choreographer from India, a fashion designer from Paris, some dancers from Hawaii and Peru, a rap singer from Poland, and a horn player from the UK. Imagine the music from such a group of people. Just think of all the new types of music that would come from this. Now apply this same thought of bringing together talent worldwide into other industries. There would be great stories created, movies and TV shows that would be new and unique, clothing and fashion, jewelry, sports, entrepreneurs, businesses, medical technologies, IT, electronic technologies, computers, and a whole lot more. Now imagine all of the researchers around the world coming together to cure some of the most challenging medical issues, economic issues, environmental issues, political concerns, etc. and much more, the possibilities are endless.

I have a business that can be started by anyone with no investment needed. This will include a website to promote your business. The website will have 100 MB space, 10 emails, domain name, web hosting, support and more. You can sell anything or it can be a personal website. There is no company offering all of this for so little. This will cover all of your advertising and will allow you to sell products if you wish.

Thank you for all of your time and consideration in this matter;

Tom Woznick
CEO Snotu
715-808-0783
www.snotu.ws
tom@snotu.ws
www.snotu.com
snotu@ymail.com
Bringing the world together one talent at a time.

newface
Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rania,
It is curious to me how on one level, you outwardly express support for human rights, education, the rights of women, etc. Yet, you voluntarily became the wife and, thus the willing partner of a dictator and, as such, an opponent of Democracy. To say that establishing Democracy is a slow process which takes time is disengenuous. For this is the mantra of all those who take part in Dictatorships: its purpose is as a palliative for the public to have them convinced that those in power actually support the people when in fact the converse is true. If you truly believe in what you say, divorce the Dictator and join the people. If not, you're just another pretty face with a crown of privelage like all the rest.

AAAA
Friday, February 4, 2011

our beloved queen...
I am a Jordanian Masters of Economics student in university of Geneva. Since I live in Geneva-Switzerland, I would like to join and be involved in any activities that are connected to serving our country Jordan, while am studying in Geneva, this way I will be able to serve Jordan & support my studies financially... I dunno how to submit my contact info, but my email is in the details I used to fill the signup form...
thank you and all respect

James_Pixie
Friday, February 4, 2011

Your Majesty
As a UK subject, and friend with you and HM as the representatives of the highly respected Jordanian people, I advise you to use your influence to accelerate political reform in Jordan, given the changing climate in the Middle East, led by the young, up and coming, and educated "facebook" and "twitter" generation.
I wish to cause no offence, or diminish your admirable work, but the quicker Jordan becomes a full constitutional monarchy, the more likely that the progress in education, that you care about will have a chance of continuing throughout your husband's reign.
These are troubled times, and may I humbly wish you and your family well, but I implore you to use your influence and educate those in Court around you, to see the long term wisdom of initiating reforms to avoid an Eqyptian situation.
Yours sincerely
James

samklittle
Saturday, January 15, 2011

With all due respect, I find it difficult to believe that a political system where the top office in the country is not decided through elections, can claim to have an interest in the goals and aspirations of the populace that it governs.
I say this more as a reminder that in order to do humanitarian work, you will have to find a more clever approach in dealing with world inteligencia, because they will always look at you as a feisty spolied lady married to an Arab dictator---of all things, an arab dictator---have you any idea how bad that sounds.

Now I am not curious about your personal life, but "Arab leaders", and "middle eastern leaders" are both synonymous with dictatorship, and the terms "Arab Dictator" or "middle eastern Dictator", are both terms asssociated with extreme savagery and draconian style govts.

I recommmend that you make an act that you liberated muslim women against the wishes of your dictatorial huusband and that he imprisoned you and you went on hunger strike.....
Do it as an act with your husband being in on it, but to the whole world you'll look like a hero who overcame the tribal traditions and a husband who wants to appease the council of elders, blah, blah
Then you would have a chance at being fully appreciated and taken seriously

Teddy Banza
Monday, January 3, 2011

Hello Your Majesty RANIA!
Happy new Year!
I've come to celebrate my birthdate on January 5 th.
It occured to me now that I am probably expecting
I may obtain some gifts from Your Majesty,you see.

Will you afford me a happy birthday?
May you send to me some gifts?
Thank you Your Majesty.

Teddy Kanengele Banza
E-Mail:teddybanza@yahoo.fr
Mob:00243993325904

saju
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hai Your Majesty Rania,

As a humaniterian worker I admire you. Do something for the collera hit areas of Haiti.If an influencial person like you involved in the activities a big difference will get.

With warm regards,

SAJU JOSEPH
DUBAI
E-Mail : saju.com@gmail.com
Mob : 00971 50 7958995