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Education is a human right for every child.

 
But, it is also a tool for climbing out of poverty, a defence against disease, a loudspeaker for the voiceless.
 
For governments, and the international community, it is an investment that never devalues.  In fact, no country has made progress without educated citizens. No region has prospered without good schools and universities. No world can find peace if swathes of humanity are subject to violence, destitution, and discrimination because they lack an education.
 
That’s why I’m proud to represent UNICEF as their Eminent Advocate for Children, and the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) as their Honorary Chairperson, campaigning around the world for broader access to schools and higher quality education for children, especially girls. 
 
From South America to South Africa and South Asia, I’ve seen the power education has over the lives of girls and boys alike. It is transformational, in mind, body, and spirit.  They learn to read and write, they earn more to feed their families, and they turn into young people with self-respect and a desire to improve the lives of those around them. 
 
The effects cascade across the generations, as parents pass on their learning to their sons and daughters. But children are teachers, too.  Neisiwe, whom I met in Soweto, near Johannesburg, told me how when she came home from school she would teach her family what she had learnt that day.  Her mother was so inspired she took up night classes to learn how to read.
 
I’ve had the honour of meeting many children like Neisiwe, with their tales of tragedy and triumph.  One of them was Devli, from India.  I met her at the Class of 2015 event in New York, September 2008. In front of leaders like Gordon Brown, Bob Geldof, and Bono, she stole the show as she told us how she used to work in a quarry, hauling rocks, being beaten.  After she was saved and sent to school, she was determined to help all girls see the inside of a classroom, challenging us to do the same.
 
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is striving for just that: education for all.  In April 2009, I had the privilege of being their Honorary Chairperson for Global Action Week to fight illiteracy worldwide and highlight the importance of education.  Along with such distinguished characters as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Paulo Coelho, I contributed to the Big Read, a book full of stories, translated into multiple languages, that has rallied people worldwide to demand an education.  As of June 2009, over 13 million people had read the book in over 120 countries.
 
Now, GCE and FIFA are working together to tap the power of football with 1 GOAL.  As Co-Chair of the campaign, I met Gugu, a little South African girl who personifies the power of education: smart, confident, and outspoken. Along with Gary Lineker and other footballing giants, we launched 1 GOAL in August 2009 at Wembley Stadium, London. Gugu, fearless in front of the world’s media, said “Going to school is fun and I want to help make sure every child in Africa can go to school like me”. As we advocated for all children to receive an education, we announced our ambition to collect 30 million names by the end of the 2010 World Cup as a symbol to show global leaders the global desire for global education.
 
There is a long way to go and many hurdles to be leapt, but I hope you can join us in this journey, to a world where every child can live their dream of going to school.
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pt3114
Sunday, March 25, 2012

It is months since this piece was written, and almost 3 years since 1 Goal was launched. Initially, efforts began to gain support of an idea with an absolutely essential global acceptance. Now we want to know what has been done to formulate the plan and take the steps necessary to achieve the goal. Are we making progress?
Paul... Canada

aseel_M
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
I am inspired by your charity works.
My dreem is to be a usefull person in the world. my dreem is to work for the UNICEF .
I am a computer engineer . I recently graduate from yarmouk university . I will do any thing to add meaning into my life. to have such a perpose .
regards.

rasha zeiad
Monday, August 8, 2011

OUR MAJESTY your looking to education is very good but many student dont take their chance like my daughter the best in her Specialty in the technology university and she do not take any privileges it is goes to another people have means i hope that my massage reach to you....

varunkrrishna
Sunday, July 31, 2011

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Myself Varun Krrishna from India.
I am much inspired by your charity works. The way you are moving around the world for the poor ones. I am an engineering student here. I am a musician also. I am always working hard for poor uneducated children to bring them forward. I have started a music band only for charity works. So I would like to get some suggestions to make my contributions around the world. My ultimate aim is that to use my music as a tool to cherish the dreams of poor ones. Please help me.
- Varun Krrishna

vishakha
Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dear Queen Rania,
With the rise in the ratio of literacy and increasing educational facilities why are we unable to create a feeling of joy, awe and wonder in our children. With the sunny smiles of our little wonders vanishing, there is a big question put to all the parents and educational facilitators: Are we missing on something important??

beidas
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dear Madam / Majesty, My name is Ahmed and I holds a bachelor degree in information technology, The wish of my life is only follow-up education and get a master degree and doctorate in a British university, or German, through a Scholarship Or grant or
a loan ,note that I've Made Contact with number of universities and they have been approved Me, but I lacked the funding I do
not have any money and disabled to work and do not have any Wasta other than Allah then you please help

I don't Know if i will be considered or not But Would Do i Know That its My Dream To Continue My Education and Get Master Degree And to learn More and More to be professional in my work and to support my country, working hard is the key to achieve my goals, and I'll be able do this through your generosity and kindness by
helping me, My Knowledge will result in expanded My Future
Please Help Me
My phone number is 0785278072 and email is

it007it_2006@yahoo.com

zaincruise007
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

a teacher is not a king but he is a king maker.
dear queen
hello i just wanna say that we are here to talk about giving the right of education to every single child in the whole world but the question is how?
i think it time to change the world not to sit on empty hands and thinking about how? we all guys have to remove this how word from our dictionary.there are lots of hurdles in our way but ALLAH has give us hands to remove them.lets give our helping hands to each other. start from your home and spread in the world together we can change the world.
In this journey of education i m with miss rania

mjpomplas
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thank You

Mandy77
Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tawjihi kills young people's creativity: at the beginning of the year, the first thing you're taught is that it's best not to rephrase. As much as you can, memorize the words in front of you exactly as they are... even if they make no sense at all. Even if the nearest sciene textbook will prove them wrong. In one biology "wazara" exam, a student lost 2 marks because he mentioned uses of Ultrasound technology that were not mentioned in the book. "There was a debate among the correctors, but we finally decided to mark the answer incorrect," our teacher explained. "Students must learn to stick to the textbook. We can't "open the door" for such freedom- it will make everything more difficult." -http://www.7iber.com/2007/06/18-reasons-on-why-tawjihi-is-wrong/

osahiba
Sunday, February 27, 2011

A letter from Turkey

Dear Queen Rania ,

Ahlan wa sahlan,

First I would like  to introduce myself. My name is Zeliha, my Arabic name is Züleyha. Im 36 years old and I am a skin care specialist. I have got one daughter, her name is Abida. I lived in Germany for 32 years. I have seen a lot of countries. We and my parents returned to Turkey 4 years ago so that my daughter could have her education here, in her country.

Of course everything is quiet different here. It has good and bad sides. One of the bad sides is the differences and injustice people face according to their income.

Most injustice I have seen is in the education sector. That became a very interesting point for me. So I did a little research from door to door asking for the problems of the people. Most concern areas of economy and education.

Unfortunately we have an education system which has a lot of deficits. The department of education’s curriculum is as follows. One has go to very expensive tuition centers.

If one does not go to this extra tuitions one can most of the time not be successful. If the rich kid is not successful due to this effort, parents can bring private teachers home to give further support.   

So what about the poor kids? Who should explain them what they don’t understand, what if parents only have finished primary school and can not explain things. What if the father is unemployed and in depressive manner? And if parents work and hardly meet their kids? What should happen to these kids?

Their destiny should not be like that only because they are poor. They should be able to buy their books and notebooks. Their destiny shouldn’t be like that of their parents especially the girls. My observation and these examples are moving my heart!

For that I have started this project. The name is basically ‘ tuition center, without a fee’. We briefly planned it like this. Wherever the child has its difficulty one University student or educated person will give support and lessons for free.

We have made advertisement on several radio programs. On this programs I invite kids and their parents. It is a platform, where they can tell their problems. Parents are very exited about this Service. And the light in the eyes of the children shows me:  I have to invest more energy.

They are so happy to have elder sisters and brothers who could explain them subjects and themes they don’t understand. Now they can say: I want to be doctor! I want to work as a police officer!

We have decided to make a NGO out of this project. And we would  like you, Princes Rania to join us as a honorary member or guest. I would like to invite you to Turkey!

If you come it will give more moral support to the people and those who are helping poor children. Most important will be we will learn from your experience. And InshAllah it can spread from Kayseri, where I live, to many towns in Turkey. With the help of local officers we will reach orphans altogether, InshAllah.

At the moment I have found 150 “teachers” who support and are ready to teach the kids. I would like to introduce them with your kind presence to the people of Turkey.

This Queen Rania gives us the possibility to give support so they can gain self confidence, can change their own future.

People will be waiting for your visit with warm hearts and it will improve their capacity of learning and understanding. It will be a great help from your side.

Yours sincerely
 
ZELİHA KÖKSAL

info@zelihakoksal.com

snotu
Saturday, February 19, 2011

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.

SF
Thursday, January 20, 2011

QUALITY OF EDUCATION

Nowdays students will be produced "on assembly lines", because
we need them. But are these good enough to be used outside
in the world? What is the quality of our education system?

If we look at the programs of the universities on their websites, almost in every corner of the world we find almost the same titles
and keywords. Yes, it is very easy nowadays, there is a
good method for creating an imposant program: Copy and paste.
Not all the websites are created professionally, some know
more about the importance of marketing, some are still beginners.
But how are these programs implemented?

We can often hear that today knowledge can become obsolete very
quickly: if you have been out of the job for four years,
you can forget your profession. It is suggested so,
but a bit of truth might be in it. Today at the universities,
with few exceptions, teaching means information transfer,
and NOT knowledge transfer. The subject matter will not be
understood, but only "processed", learning "how to think" is
displaced at many cases. How should we get creative people
this way? Maybe this is one of the reasons why in some countries
so few patents are filed, so few people work in research and
development. Can an investor get really good people or just
some well equipped ones with diplom(s) and certificates?

How should the students be able to learn independent
thinking and creativity if the professors themselves show
bad example. What can we expect if the student sees that
the professor is only interested in completing the classes
quickly and getting his or her salery regularly. If there does
not exist any research at the university, how should the professors and students get an idea what research and development mean?

We can often hear from fellows returning from abroad
to their universities, that nobody cares about them
after returning. Only complaining does not help, they
should take the initiative themselfs, not waiting until
they will be asked by somebody (what seems not to happen).

The proper work climate is missing, where new
proposals will NOT be considered as criticism or attack,
but they will be taken up and supported.

Maybe an independent trust office (or person) could
be a good place, that could be contacted by a professor
or teaching assistant, WITHOUT any bad consequences, if
she/he feels that she/he is steadily blocked, no matter
at what level. Of course these confidants should have the
proper authority to be able to work effectively.

Then the "climate" for the students would change, too.
They would become better integrated, and the professor
could exert a role model again. Then it would not be
necessary to spend so much time with worrying about
setting up new etiquette for the students.
We could offer them a real alternative against missbehavior
or violences, namely "learning for knowing" instead of only
gaining an "oficially stamped" diplom and certificates.

Of course this is a simplified approach,
but it is an aimportant aspect if we are going to
increase the quality of the university education.

SF
Monday, January 17, 2011

EDUCATION IN ISOLATION?

Education YES, YES and YES, but how?

Do we ensure us and our children a better future when investigating into education?

Can we avoid unemployment if we increase the level of education?

I would say it depends on how we do it.

There are different political and economic systems in the word
where we can find different conditions, but we can observe some
common symptoms. Let us take just three examples:

1.Hundreds of young German doctors are looking for a job abroad
(UK, Scandinavian countries, Switzerland) because of much
higher saleries and better working conditions, causing a
shortage of physicians in hospitals and quality losses in the
medication

2.In the Middle-East many engineers and doctors dream of
working in Gulf states because of their bad saleries in their
own countries (and they go there if possible)

3.Many young academics in Tunisia are without work or find work
only in low-paid hotel receptions or some of them light
gasoline poured over their own body in their desperation.

What is common here?

Common is that:

1. it was invested much money in the education
2. the jung people get chanches to study
3. it is not ensured that they get proper jobs and saleries when
finished
4. the education did not result in what they have expected
5. the education did not result in what the scociety has expected
6. these discrepancies result in tensions and in different losses

Education should always be considered in political, cultural,
economic and social contexts.

It's about the future of our children, let's come together and
share ideas on where we have weaknesses. Not only now, but
regularly. Quality management is a common tool, it can be applied
to all processes, be it production, research, political process or
education.

SF
Friday, January 7, 2011

IVORY TOWER HIGH-TECH RESEARCH?

I've just read in the news:
"Mine-detecting robots and solar-powered cars on display
as part of an exhibition of ...University ....student
innovations on Thursday....The university has established
a fund to support student innovations, ..., adding that 10
per cent of the allocations earmarked for scientific
research go to support the centre."

It's great, as I'm interested very much in this field I tried
to find more detailed information on the web by the help of Google
with a modest result. After then I navigated to the home page of
the above university hoping that I would find something about
this subject, at least under the title "News and events".
Not too much success.

May be it's a common problem that people do not know how to
sell their knowledgeo menthal product? If I were interested
in a cooperation with those professors and students I should
have to invest much time to find out how to contact the proper
persons. Public relation work should be an unseparable part
of the research - not necesseraly done by the students or
researchers - although they should learn, too, that later
"in the job" it must be done by someone.

SF
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Prevention more effective than penalties - academicians

I was so much shocked when reading the following lines in the
online news about the recent student violances:

“Before imposing punishment, we should look into the reasons
behind this trend. Students are suffering from a spiritual,
moral and intellectual void. They don’t have any positive
hobbies that develop their character”

This is astonishing for me, because my student life
(many years ago) was the most beautiful time period of my
life. At the university we had to work hard, but we were not
learning machines. We were real human beeings with many other
activities. These activities helped us to gather new thrength to do our daily job.

I'm too far from your universities to be able to assess what
the whole issue is, but maybe until now nobody really cared
about what the students can do when they are out of the
auditoriums, seminar rooms or labs.

Unfortunately I've already seen a university in an European
country, where the only free-time activity of the students
was sitting around in the cafes located in the neighborhood
of the university buildings.

Without long thinking I can remember a whole list of things
what we all did or we could do, when I was a student:

(We had "common halls" at the university, in the colleges
and "dormitories")

- music events (classic, beat, jazz) every week-end

- literature evenings (inviting famous actors and actresses,
book authors and poets giving the students the possibility to
experience them first hand)

- inviting famous scientists

- inviting film directors

- organising film clubs, where we could see and discuss many
"non commercial" films with higher standards

- some politicians were invited, too, to discuss some actual
questions concerning our studies

- photo exhibitions

- singing in the university choir

- playing theather (amateur student actors)

- in the lower classes (in the first 4 semesters) we had to
take sport lessons in volleyball, basketball, foofball...
according to our preference.

- the university rented some sport halls and tennis courtS
for common use by the students

- playing table tennis (tables were set up in some corners of
the unoversity and colleges)

- out of the auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories libraries and
canteens there were rooms for common activities (for
reading newspapers, playing chess or playing cards after
lunch)

- we organized
- intensive language courses in the vacations
- bike tours (OK, Jordan may be too warm for doing it)
- summer camps
- some common use activities:
for example we repared broken furnitures and toys in
kindergardens

- the students had the possibility (offered by the professors)
to take part in different scientifical projects/resarch work
of the different faculties already from the 1rst semester.
This way many of them were involved in the scientifical work,
some of them could even earn some pocket-money by that.

SF
Monday, January 3, 2011

While watching the TV program VIENNA NEW YEAR CONCERT on 1 January
(like many others Central Europeans do it every year), as a short
ballet was shown the question came up in my mind, whether in the
Arab world exists something like ballet. The answer is probably no,
but there must be some other "cultural goods" that would be worth
to show for a (world)wide publicity.

It's so pity that we Europeans know so little about the Arab
culture. (It could be true viceversa, too)
In the broadcasts of the ARTE (coommon Euuropean tv) channel there
are sometimes programs dealing with the Arabic World, but on other
channels you can see hardly anything (in Germany, Austria. Hungary)

I read in many articles that in your country there are many things
in motion. Maybe it would be a good idea when every year
(maybe bound to date that will be celebrated anyway) there were a
cultural event, similar to the above mentioned New Year Concert
just with Arabic content.

This could be a broadcast to all Arab (and European) countries.
Programs with a high level could
- raise the good reputation of your country
- strengthen the sense of a common bond
- help the musical education in the whole populatiion
- other nations (for exaple Europeans or Americans) participate in
your "cultural treasure"

I wish to see more intercultural exchange between different
countries. I think just simply copying of famous buildings and
institutions, as practiced in some parts of the world, is less
usefull.

Jawahir Saly
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Your Majesty,
Education is a human right to every child in the world, this quote is enough to appreciate queen Rania's thinking. Well done queen.
Jawahir Saly, Srilanka

LHartgra
Monday, May 17, 2010

Your highness-
Education is the key to everything! And yes, some countries have advatages while others do not. But we must start somewhere! My feeling is that the true challenge originates in bringing many advanced countries together first, then supplying intiatives to target countires where poverty and lack of education is high. We can do this without being pushy and being culturally sensitive simultaneously. I feel a global school system is the key. A school where all cultures are valued and embraced, and at the same time, these schools would have immediate access to each other, i.e. a global think tank of young people. Think about what a difference we could make!!!!!!!

russiaedintorni.myblog.it
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Majesty, how beautiful that ago! That God the help and always protect she in the way of the life and less always her acts. I am Christian, but task that where there are action and the love towards next us there is the acts of God any creed everyone of we have. Excuses I could publish on personal mine blog and my group of facebook this link? You know in this period Italian we try persons that they believe in the instruction!
Because in my country by now they give along time the choices have penalized own the cultural field and of the instruction and therefore would be important to have at least a support that says to us our thought is not isolated.
I would want to be more useful to her acts, but I do not know like making!!!
The heart salute!
Lorenza
P.S.: The blog where I would want to mail its " article" of this her activity is: http://russiaedintorni.myblog.it/ and the group facebook where I would want to publish it is: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=107356989287977&id=1119713460#!/group.php?gid=318257027922

shamspanhwar
Saturday, March 20, 2010

i think education need money and time to tech/learn to childern, but here if we discussed world education that we must diveded this world in richer and poverty coutries sources wvise. some countryies r developed, like euoropeans and amricans it called south region/west region. we need education in africa and asia, but there is too dificult to strat work there bec there some uneducated /illitrate persons and tribe, whey will nat allow to us work/educate their childern. and that all countries also they ddiveded in three groups upper class and middle and lower class, lower class is also diveded in tow class one is labour earning food on daily basis, but one is tracing food/ labur, we must strat from them, we make strong acadmies and take their childern in that acadmies, it need money and peoles but this acadmy is nat too strong of her magisty, her majistry have genrous heart but i ched it is nat sufficent only in advertising and in words, it needs practically works. thanks