Queen Rania meets with the Queen Rania Award for Distinguished Teachers Committee

May 17, 2006

(Jordan Times, Press Department - Amman) The committee charged with overseeing the Queen Rania Award for Distinguished Teachers on Wednesday decided on the value of the various levels of the award.During its meeting, the award’s higher committee decided to distribute JD3,000 to each of the first prize winners in the award’s five categories. Those who rank second will receive JD1,500 each while winners in the various categories at the level of education departments in the country will each receive JD500. Her Majesty Queen Rania attended a workshop held yesterday for the 70 coordinators of the prize. In her remarks at the meeting, the Queen underlined His Majesty King Abdullah’s “personal interest in teachers and their personal and professional situations.” She said the award signals the beginning of efforts designed to show appreciation of this “noble profession” and its practitioners. Queen Rania expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the process of selecting the winners and the large number of applications filed by competing teachers, which she described as “an indication of the teachers’ interest and enthusiasm” for the award. In order to be eligible, applicants must teach in the country’s public schools and have at least three years experience. They must also be full-time instructors. Teachers have till June 1 to apply for the award, which was launched in October last year by the King to develop teaching, encourage society’s appreciation of educators, lift the morale of teachers and motivate them to excel. The award winners will be announced on Oct. 5, in conjunction with Teachers’ Day. Jordan Times, Thursday, May 18, 2006