- Community Empowerment
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Queen Teaches INJAZ Class
Queen Rania volunteers at INJAZ class and stresses qualities of leadership that effect change in society
(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Around 30 students from different parts of the Kingdom were overwhelmed to find that their volunteer teacher for the day was Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah.
Teaching a class of ninth graders, Queen Rania highlighted to students of an INJAZ class qualities of a good leader, most importantly the significance of utilizing these skills to effect positive change and development in society.
This was highlighted through a case study that was reviewed by the students , followed by an interactive discussion with the participation of INJAZ co-volunteer Linda Qar’ous from the private sector. Students from 15 government schools from Amman, Irbid, and Zarqa attending the INJAZ class at Queen Zein Al Sharaf School were inspired and supported by Queen Rania’s interest in issues and active participation in the dialogue.
The class discussed how a successful leader should possess and uphold the virtues of honesty, modesty, delegation of responsibility, and capitalizing on experts in the field in order to bring about positive development.
The case study showcased how a chemical plant affected a nearby agricultural village and its inhabitants. The students split into groups to come up with solutions to the problem.
During the discussion, Queen Rania noted that all aspects of the problem need to be studied and thoroughly addressed while making citizens aware of the issue in order to lobby for change in a positive and effective manner.
Underlining that the approach should be objective, Queen Rania discussed the solutions to the problem presented by the students noting that individuals have a major role in making their voices heard, based on concrete knowledge and on raising awareness on the issue.
“A good leader controls and contains the problem, and is able to turn the negative aspects to achieve positive change for the better,” Queen Rania told the class adding “an obstacle or problem should be our incentive to find solutions and improve any situation.”
Queen Rania said the problem-solving approach adopted in Tuesday’s class can be applied to any situation, citing the example of the issue of the group that was planning subversive acts in the Kingdom, and underlining that citizens' awareness of preserving the country’s stability and security reflected their loyalty to the country.
Queen Rania noted that Jordanians demonstrated that they were sharing the responsibility together with officials and security forces to abort any plans that could underline the country’s and citizens’ best interests.
The Economic Opportunities for Jordanian Youth Program (INJAZ), the country’s first initi