Queen Rania Launches Award to Honour School Principals

April 13, 2009

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday underlined the role of school-teachers and principals across the Kingdom in inspiring and motivating students.

In a letter distributed with application forms for the Queen Rania awards for distinguished public school-teachers and principals yesterday, Her Majesty announced the launch of the fourth cycle of the teachers’ award and the first principals’ award for 2009.

The awards, directed at more than 50,000 schoolteachers and 1,900 principals, acknowledge the contributions of educators.

The deadline for submitting applications for the awards is the end of this month.

“We have launched the Distinguished School Principal Award and we realise that this is the time for it,” the Queen said in the letter.

“Its results will be no less impressive than what we have seen through your enthusiasm and honest interaction with the Distinguished Teacher Award and your role in bringing it closer to its targets and in achieving its goals as it goes into its fourth year,” she added.

Queen Rania noted that the principals’ award will honour those who perform their duties with enthusiasm, who make sure that teachers perform their tasks and who pay attention to each student.

She added that school principals are “those who motivate and encourage teachers and supervise the entire education process”.

Meanwhile, Director of the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education Lubna Touqan urged school principals and teachers to adopt excellence criteria in daily educational practices. Underlining the award’s positive influence on teachers and their morale, she also emphasised the principals’ responsibility in motivating teachers and in determining the best methods for the school’s administration to interact with teachers, students and the community.

The Queen Rania Award for Distinguished Teachers was launched in 2006, under the umbrella of the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education, which His Majesty King Abdullah launched in 2005 to encourage appreciation of educators and to boost the morale of instructors and motivate them to excel.