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Going to school should be a memorable mixture of experiences:  learning and laughter, creativity and critical thinking, nurturing and increasing independence, enjoying today while planning for tomorrow. 

But in more than five hundred public schools across Jordan, for nearly 300,000 students, going to school is not as fun, enjoyable, or informative an experience as it should be. 

Pitted playgrounds, broken water taps, no shelter from the sun, dreary classrooms, not enough textbooks, light-fittings hanging from the wall, peeling paintwork…and more. 

Bright futures don’t start with days like this. 

Madrasati brings together businesses, non-governmental organizations, and communities, as well as the Ministry of Education, to rejuvenate schools in need. It joins businesspeople, parents, neighbors, and pupils in a common goal: quality education for Jordan’s children. 

It’s about sharing responsibility for our children’s education.  

And that takes many forms, because Madrasati is more than a one time, top-down infusion of resources.  More than repairing broken windows, providing new chairs, painting classrooms, and creating safe and fun playgrounds, Madrasati designs programs to enhance existing curricula and enrich every child’s learning for the long-term. 

Madrasati’s success has fostered a network of partners.  NGOs now offer expertise in issues like bullying and abuse; confidence and self-expression are inspired through drama classes, art, and problem solving in the local Children’s Museum; computers are installed and technical skills are taught by IT graduates who train teachers to ensure technologies liven up lessons, not lie latent; CEOs share their entrepreneurial experience and teach students how to find their dream job; and health and nutrition classes reach out to parents and children encouraging them to be more active and eat a balanced diet, together. 

Each time I visit a Madrasati school, I see the emotional and psychological effect this initiative is having as well.  And I can’t help but smile.  It might be that children hold their heads up high as they walk into school, or they chatter excitedly in the playground; perhaps it’s a student’s face as she gazes at a bright, new mural, or it’s the brisk strides of teachers as they walk into their secure and clean classrooms; maybe it’s the eager eyes and the hands thrust high when a tutor asks for volunteers for a new project.  

Whatever it is, the atmosphere in a Madrasati school is positive; the teachers and students are happy; there’s a buzz of productivity and purpose.  That makes me proud.

But, there’s a lot more to do.  Madrasati must continue and grow.  With almost 40 per cent of our population under the age of fifteen, and an estimated 30 per cent of our young people unemployed, education is the key to unlocking our future prosperity. 

So far, we have revitalized and mobilized almost 200 schools and communities, and as of April 2010, we began work on another hundred. Our goal is five hundred schools in five years. But we cannot do it alone. The generous sponsorship of companies, NGOs, and government departments means that over 100,000 children are being reached by the Madrasati initiative. Others eagerly await their school to become a Madrasati school, but we need more support and more engagement from businesses and communities.

If you want to be part of the Madrasati movement, and join those making a difference for thousands of Jordan’s children, please log on to www.madrasati.jo

Thank you.

 

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شذى الليالي
Saturday, May 14, 2011

السلام عليكم أنا اليوم سأتكلم حول مبادرة مدرستي....ان هذه المبادره سهلت عملية التعليم في الأردن..... وساهمت في تأمين جو مناسب لطلبة العلم ......وبما أني طالبه فأنا رأيت ذلك ولمسته اذ ان المتطوعين في مبادرة مدرستي أظهروا كيف ان كل من يعمل في مجال التعليم يجب ان يكون متعاون وأنا باسمي واسم مدرستي أشكرهم على عملهم المتقن والمنظم خلال ترتيباتهم التجهيزيه والتي كان من ضمنها ورش عمل متنوعه ومفيده جدا حيث انهم نجحوا في توضيح مقاصد جلالة الملكه في تطوير التعليم في بلدنا الحبيب ولقد كانوا أجمل مثال للتعاون والعطاء ولو كانوا ليسوا جميعا من جنسية اردنية فقد كان هناك مجموعه أجنبسية وكانت فاعله للغاية .وكما أسلفت أكرر الشكر الموصول لجلالة الملكة رانيا لاهتمامها بنا (نحن الطلاب)وحرصها على تقديم الأفضل لنا دائما...... شكرا.

Alusha75
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I want to enroll my daughters in Madrasti school program, how can I accomplish this. I live in Amman, 8th circle. My third grader is in need of student support classes/special classes and the public school they are in doesn't provide this which is definitely effecting her grades and comprehension of all subjects, please HELP!I hope that the Queen reads our comments this is the only way for her to know what is really going on in the real world of education in Jordan...

I Really appreciate what the Queen is doing for children's education in Jordan, however I feel there is a lot of funds available that should be used towards renovating the classrooms and bathrooms of all public schools. Teachers should be paid well in order for them to teach our children properly. They hold every child's hand in their future and they work so much harder than many people think they do. Teachers are responsible for making the great thinkers, nurses, doctors, businessmen, etc. They have an incredibly amount of responsibility and unfortunately they are paid below average salary. Schools should start at 8 and end at 3.I was fortunate enough to attend American Public Schools in the USA where I was born and raised however, now I live in Jordan and my salary doesn't allow me to enroll my kids in private schools so they attend an all girls public school which is not "terrible" however, it lacks a lot! The facility overall is acceptable and there are many classes including a new building that was built over the summer. However, the bathrooms are not clean, it is unhealthy because it is not properly cleaned and disinfected as it should be. The bathroom is one place that should not be dirty. It is the room that is used to get clean in, therefore to get you the cleanest, it should be as clean as possible at all times. If the bathrooms have an unpleasant smell, you may already know the answer. Odors in the restroom may come from several sources: poor cleaning that fosters bacterial growth, inadequate ventilation, bodily fluids, gases and excrement, un flushed fixtures, and failure to service floor-drain traps. My daughters who are currently students of (this school)and they DO NOT USE the school bathrooms because they are too dirty to stand the smell and fixtures. I also think that the old bathroom system is not proper, especially when the bathrooms are so unpleasant. A new toilet system should be installed, I personally think that it might help the bathrooms remain cleaner than they are now.
Resources is a big factor at my girls school, my 3rd grader Jenin needs extra time and help in school and she basically needs individual attention from the teacher which is very difficult because the classes are over crowded and lack a teacher's assistant . There should be a especial class for students who have learning difficulties. This resource has many titles such as student support classes, resources, and /or special education classes. Students should be tested and placed in this class in order to excel and overcome the disability with the help from certified and trained teachers who have the ability to help these students with their learning difficulties.
Physical Education at their school is very limited and most of the time they just stay in class. The following are reasons why PE is important in a students education: it promotes good health, prevents diseases, it builds self esteem, it develops cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship skill, and it promotes a physically active lifestyle. English is probably the most important subject that your child studies at school. Without knowing it your child will not be capable to communicate with his English peers. English enables your child to interact with other people around the world. High brain activity appears to be if you know many foreign languages. This happens because with the help of words we build out thoughts and it has been estimated that people who know many languages live longer. In order to accomplish this English needs to be taught properly, at public schools students are not taught the sounds of the letters. In first grade they are given books that basically have no practice or writing involved. they are boring pages of the same characters over and over again. I believe teachers need to be properly trained in order for the student to clearly understand the English language. I do not feel that my girls are getting the proper education that they have a right to receive...

sajidhafiz786
Saturday, April 23, 2011

THE REAL PARADIGM SHIFT WILL COME WHEN MILLIONS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS BECOME EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPISTS AND DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND BEYOND.

LoyalJordanian
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dear The Queen and webmaster,

Do you see this situation something that can wait 5 years till Madrasati Initiative find time and resources to go there????????

If you really do, then you are in a big problem, because we are talking about little kids here who are force to go to this nightmare for EDUCATION??? What do you think their feeling will be toward education and learning?

The price of one of Elie Saab's dresses can change the whole situation for this school!!!!!!

And AGAIN these are RIGHTS NOT NOT NOT Initiatives.

We need Freedom Queen, let JORDANIAN decide who should govern them, then we can ask him/her and he/she will be accountable for his/her work. If you do not want to be blamed for everything, the King should agree on what the people want “Constitutional Monarchy” and then you can do whatever you want with your own time and your own money, NOT OUR MONEY.

Thanks,

LoyalJordanian
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Queen Rania,

We all got your Tweet and knew how upset (as all of us) you were when you saw the Video with a teacher badly horrifying a student at one of Jordan's schools on a Jordanian news websites. BUT we did not get any Tweet or hear any word from you after the same website 2 days later showed a very catastrophic deteriorating situation for one school in Jordan????

http://quietube.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDqbMzCfOHM&fea...

The first case was for an individual who did not get trained in how to deal with kids and it 100% is rejected by all of us. BUT the second case is a responsibility of the government and since you are an international advocate for education and engaged in the reality of education in Jordan with your Initiative Madrasati, with all of that I will say that disaster is your responsibility.
I know you cannot fix everything, but your reaction regarding both situations means that you do not want to fix and do not even care.

Thanks for reading,

webmaster
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dear LoyalJordanina,
This school is in the Northern Jordan Valley area and Madrasati haven’t yet reached it. Once they do, they can make sure to visit the school and do the assessment and hopefully integrate it within Madrasati.

Madrasati initiative has already revitalized and mobilized more than 200 schools and communities in Jordan and they are hopeful to reach 500 schools in 5 years time.

د. هيفاء علي طيفور
Thursday, October 28, 2010

صباح الخير لكل الناس الطيبين في الاردن الحبيب ... وصباح الخير لكل من علم وحمل رسالة التعليم ... وصباح الخير لمن حمل رسالة الانبياء والمرسلين ... وصباح الخير للقادة الهاشميين ... وصباح الخير للجلالة الملك والملكة الغاليين ... صباح الخير لمن كرم المعلم والمعلمين , ولمن قدم التحفيز والتشجيع لهم , ولمن يزورهم بالمدارس ويقدر اعمالهم ...ويقدم لهم ولا يبخل على الوطن باي شىء ... وصباح الخير لكل الاردنيين الطيبين

wafiq salameh
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Your majesty Queen Rania ,

It is very sad that our schools has no air conditioners in summer,no heat in winter,and it is more sad that this issue can be resolved without any cost.

What i am finding out at this time as a distributor of one of our governmental schools shop that these shops are gold mines if they are managed and monitored well.

As my first year doing business with one of our schools,with little steps have been made,the sales of first month of the year jumped almost to double comparing with the average of the monthly sales of last year,besides an increase of five percent of profit percentage average of last year,although we are selling most of the best quality snacks and drinks

What i suggest,all the 700 schools shops(i guess)we have,to be monitored well,and by omitting the share dividend to students,the 4-6 million JD a year will do a lot to our school.

Thank you kindly

maisb
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Your majesty Queen Rania ,

Thank you for providing time and money in making the education experiance more enjoyable and better in our beloved country Jordan .

I Have this IDEA that i wanted to share with all the readers , WHY can't we use the recycling methods in making books and notebooks ???

I believe this way we will save our country from pollutions and also encourage our student in using these methods in their daily life , also we spread awareness in the Jordan community about the fact of global warming and the pollution , besides we could save lots and lots of money in buying the teaching and studying equipments !!

Al Naimi
Thursday, April 8, 2010

All What we need is an integrated approach for Education Development based on a holistic and participatory methodology.

Let me start by referring to the past 5 years and the current situation in the education system in Jordan. Although there has been some selected progress in ERfKE I, there are only a few examples of systemic change where interventions are addressing existing conditions. The mindset of the education managers are not sufficiently in tune with the realities we face. In some respects, one can say they bring a 20th century perspective and capacity to 21st century issues that are very challenging. We need capable managerial skills as well as technical competence.

Efforts to improve the relevance of the curriculum to reflect current day realities have only been partially successful. There remains a dramatic need to have the curriculum enhanced and also taught and learned in a manner that develops student capability to compete internationally and to make the contributions required as citizens of this country. There is a dire need for effective school management and leadership as well as the required competence in the teaching-learning process. This requires a high level of managerial effectiveness at the district as well as the school level and a different kind of interaction with the communities the system is supposed to serve.

My project district and school programs, is the first glimpse of hope we have seen that has a real impact in changing existing conditions. It is definitely a reform program. It is one of the first initiatives that have drawn nothing but positive comments from everyone involved at the district, school and community levels. It is not simply trying to upgrade existing conditions. It aims at real system change. It has an in-built capacity to bring a new culture within the district and school organizations; it provides for relative objective consensus among stakeholders on existing conditions; and, it helps to set realistic targets to which all participants feel they can contribute. It sets in motion changes that are needed at the local level and it introduces civil society into the education process in meaningful and sustainable ways. It introduces agreement leading to accountability and provides for ongoing monitoring of progress and evaluation of the contributions. It is a system that addresses the required state of readiness needed in districts and schools in order to take advantage of reform initiatives and innovations that are more directed to improved teaching and learning.

What is lacking, however, are effective interactions with the central ministry organization and also the management capacity to manage an increasingly complex situation. We need to build managerial competence. It is important to enable distributed leadership so that change can occur at many levels and in many directions at the same time. Jordan requires a multi-dimensional reform ( tri- level) program that enables the central Ministry to support the already existing assignments at the district and school level and to gradually increase the extent of their responsibilities. The system has identified the need for structural organizational re-alignments at the district and school levels. We need the pressure for change from the application of the system in districts and schools to change the central ministry organization so that it is more responsive, more efficient and also more effective.

What can we do to assist? State of readiness in the broad range of district and school management functions along with the development of the capacity to enable the required changes is critical. From what we have seen, no other program has been able to provide this kind of support. After establishing the mechanisms to define the existing district and school conditions and the targets to lead to a more effective state of readiness, support to address areas of improvement priority. It is not surprising that my system has identified a range of system weaknesses that are common among the field directorates and also common among schools. Some of these are also common between schools and their district organization. Each of these areas need to be addressed throughout the Kingdom while at the same time enabling MOE to ensure the ERfKE I interventions can be adopted adequately and fully integrated at the classroom level.

We have a representative sample of 700 schools and 7 districts; the outcomes and the result of the self assessment which identified the common weakness can be generalized across the country. In this way, we will secure the equity that all schools will benefit from the pilot in those areas. The lesson learnt from the pilot should be addressing a simplified approach to reach all schools in the country equally in the life of erfke2.

My work in redefining the role of supervisors as education advisors as well as facilitators and principals as instructional leaders is very valuable (the work done with selective group of supervisors from Jerash, Al Badia Al Wosta and Marfraq. Further work to institutionalize new professional standards for these critical positions and to establish capacity building activities that provide for pre-qualification or re-certification of individuals in these positions would be very welcomed. And, if the program can be accredited with university standing it would also be something very beneficial to the individuals for their careers and also strengthen the forgotten role of the university contribution to basic and secondary education.

What is the priority? Please assist MOE to institutionalize the District and School program in all districts and in all schools. Please assist MOE to qualify the key persons in managing and guiding the system at the principal, supervisor and district official levels. Others are addressing pre service education for teachers even though we know that our system was the key contributor to facilitating universities and the Ministry to adopt new national teacher professional standards.

We know that my program is based on three distinct stages – first establishing and institutionalizing a self assessment methodology and self improvement program and then moving to interventions to address the improvement and development priorities. Identified a broad range of capacity building activities that are directed to school management, classroom instruction, student support services, and partnership with parents, community, business, municipal and governorate representatives, the third one which I didn’t implement introducing accountability system, which we started by introducing an agreement to lead to contract, but left before that. These need to be institutionalized. What is new in our program is the fact that you have enabled the local district office to launch its own professional development program for all local MOE personnel as well as for students. This means that training is more responsive to local needs and also more flexible in its delivery. We have also provided guidance on how teachers and principals can network with colleagues in other schools as part of communities of learning. My programs need to be expanded so that the progress made in establishing open and frank communications at all levels can become a way of life. These have tremendous potential to form sustainable alliances among all stakeholders in the districts that have benefited.

We want to continue the contribution in systemic change and system efficiency and effectiveness. The District and School Program provides this as well as bringing the community much closer to their potential roles in basic and secondary education. And, our program is the first to try to increase student and parent awareness on their responsibility for their own education and the thrust to overall quality standards.

Thank you

Fouza

saras_firas
Saturday, January 2, 2010

Unfortunately I can not help with money, but as a believer I say: may Allah help this kind of projects.