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Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Back to School Campaign

Queen Rania takes part in JRF's "Back to School Campaign" in Ajloun

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) In the north of Jordan, students from Ras El Munif School for Girls started their new school year in a fresh new environment, while others explored the need of preserving cultural and historical heritage of the high Castle in Ajloun.

On a day trip to Ajloun, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah visited the Ras El Munif School and accompanied students from two other public schools to the Rabad Castle, which is currently undergoing a JD 720,000 restoration as part of efforts by the tourism sector to preserve the site.

In Ras El Munif, Queen Rania presented honorary awards and gifts to teachers and students who participated in refurbishing the school as part of Jordan River Foundation's (JRF) Back to School Campaign.

Students, teachers and volunteers spent the month of July giving the school a new look allowing students to enjoy their learning experience in a healthier environment while realizing the importance of social work and community service.

The project, which was launched last year, will be implemented annually whereby JRF will each year choose a school for renovation and rehabilitation in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

Last year, the JRF along with volunteer ladies renovated Marsa' School for Boys in Jerash. Back to School Campaign coincides with a similar campaign in Palestine that is organized by the Palestine Agriculture Relief Committees with the support of JRF.

During a tour of the Castle earlier in the day, Queen Rania interacted with 20 young female students and discussed the importance of encouraging and promoting tourism in Ajloun while preserving the area's cultural and historical heritage.