Queen Rania checks in on QRTA summer programs

August 04, 2015

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, today, joined teachers at a training workshop on Environmental Education organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), at the Khawla Bint Al Azwar Secondary School for Girls in Amman.

The session is one of several short-term courses, offered by the Academy, targeting teachers of the public and private sector schools during summer and winter breaks.

Participating in the session are fourth to ninth grade teachers who, through interactive activities, work on developing their teaching skills and learn how to direct their lessons towards the preservation of environmental resources. At the same time, they’re given the opportunity to discover the environmental challenges of their areas and are asked to propose practical solutions.

During the visit, Queen Rania met with Mr. Haif Banayan, CEO of QRTA, and Ms. Hiyam Al Halahleh, School Principal, along with several teachers and counselors to discuss the importance of such programs in developing teachers’ skills and empowering them. These courses also help educators in using creative teaching tools that engage and excite students. Her Majesty also highlighted the positive effect these courses have had and on the overall teaching and learning experiences.

Banayan added that QRTA designs their training courses in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and are based on the Ministry’s needs.

Since 2009, QRTA held 65 short-term training courses that target pedagogy and content instruction. An additional 22 courses will take place during the summer of 2015. The total reach of the Short Courses since 2009 until February 2015 has been 2,476 teachers, supervisors and principals. Over 800 teachers’ participation is anticipated this summer. The courses are taught in several locations covering the Kingdom.