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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ein Jannah residents share their stories with Queen Rania Al Abdullah

(Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah-Press Department- Ajloun) Residents and students of Ein Jannah area highlighted to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah their accomplishments in the areas of education, community empowerment and early childhood development.

The Queen's first stop was at the Ein Jannah Secondary School for Girls, one of the Madrasati phase II schools. Her Majesty checked on the various extracurricular programs implemented by Madrasati partners, and asserted their importance to improve students' daily life skills.

Accompanied by Madrasati Director, Ms. Danah Dajani, and the school principal, Ms. Wafaa Al Qudah, Queen Rania checked on the vocational classroom program which introduces healthy eating habits by having the students cook healthy food to be sold in the school's canteen.

The Queen then dropped in on a workshop held by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where volunteers work with kindergarten teachers to help them gain new educational tools, skills, and methodologies to deal with children within that age group.

Her Majesty also made sure to visit the teachers' room where she chatted with them, and expressed her pride in the comradery she felt had obvious positive results on their school and local community.

She also heard from student members of the Kafa Youth committee, a program implemented by the Royal Health Awareness Society, on the efforts they have been making to promote road safety awareness among their peers and students of neighboring schools.

At the school's computer lab, established in cooperation with the Jordan Education Initiative, a student showed Her Majesty the new logo and website she created for her school. A teacher also explained proudly how they had won the award of the Ministry of Education (MoE) for Digitalizing Information.

Ending her tour, the Queen checked on the school's garden created by teachers and students. One of the teachers explained how they held different gardening competitions to build up the students' sense of ownership.

Madrasati implements programs within the Ein Jannah Secondary School for Girls in collaboration with Jordan Education Initiative, Royal Health Awareness Society, JRF’s Safe School Program, Parents-Teachers Association, the Queen Rania Teacher’s Academy, and King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness.

Her Majesty's second stop was the Al Amal Kindergarten and Nursery, a part of the Ein Jannah Women Association which aims to help out and support the local community.

Queen Rania concluded her visit at the Greater Ajloun Municipality where she met with 30 people representing different associations and cooperatives in the area.

During the meeting, which was attended by Ms. Valentina Qassisieh, Director of Jordan River Foundation, and Mr. Ghaleb Al Qudah, Deputy Director of Jordan River Foundation, Queen Rania reasserted His Majesty King Abdullah's care for the Ajloun Governorate, which has a lot to offer. She also said that each time she visits the area she is touched by the peoples' warmth and their love for their country, and that despite the challenges they face, they are able to overcome them.

Also during the meeting, the representatives of the associations talked about the importance of creating income generating projects that can help reduce poverty and unemployment.

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