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Monday, June 15, 2009
Queen inaugurates Teachers Academy
Inaugurating the academy yesterday, Her Majesty Queen Rania highlighted the importance of investing in the professional development of teachers and offering students learning opportunities that prepare them to meet international standards.
(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, today, launched the Queen Rania Teacher’s Academy (QRTA), which seeks to build increased capacity for supporting instructional improvement in Jordan and the region through a partnership with Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. (TC)
During the inauguration, Her Majesty Queen Rania highlighted the importance of investing in high-quality professional development to foster teacher growth and offer students learning opportunities that prepare them to meet world-class standards.
“Today, as boundaries blur and travel increases, a son of Jordan not only competes for a job with his fellow Jordanians, but with highly qualified people in the global marketplace. This should encourage us to pursue excellence, because Jordan always strives to provide the best opportunities for her people,” highlighted Her Majesty.
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including Princess Sumaya Bint Al-Hassan, Prime Minister Nader al-Dahabi, President of the Senate Zaid Al-Rifai, Royal Court Chief, Nasser Lawzi, Minister of Education H.E Walid Maani, President of the Islamic Development Bank H.E Ahmed Ali, and former Prime Ministers, Ministers and Senators.
Queen Rania also expressed hope that the Teacher’s Academy would shed new light into pedagogy, reigniting those qualities and values that have historically made the teaching profession a most respected and prestigious occupation.
“Years ago in the Arab world, the job of being a teacher went beyond merely passing information to students; rather, a teacher was his students’ guide, inspiration, and counselor,” said Queen Rania.
Her Majesty then briefly described the Academy’s professional development programs which will be implemented in close cooperation with a range of regional and Jordanian educational partners through the support of Columbia University’s Teachers College. (TC)
QRTA’s outreach activities are primarily intended to strengthen teacher quality in Jordan and seek to train a new generation of teachers who will eventually form a network of educational experts.
Over the next five years, QRTA and TC aim to establish school networks for instructional improvement which will focus on a particular content area such as English or Science. The networks will bring together a team of teachers from each school, who will receive professional development and work as a professional community to implement the new strateg