Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah focuses on a variety of causes, the most important of which is education. In Jordan, Her work helps raise the quality of education for Jordanian children. Abroad, She advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards universal primary education.
In 2008, Queen Rania launched Madrasati, a public-private partnership to renovate 500 public schools and enrich student curricula. In 2010, Queen Rania expanded Madrasati to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Under the auspices of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Madrasati Palestine rejuvenates disadvantaged schools in East Jerusalem and provides educational programs.
In line with Jordan’s ambition to improve the quality of education, Her Majesty established the Queen Rania Teachers’ Academy in 2009, the Kingdom’s first interactive Children’s Museum in 2007, as well as the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education in 2005. Queen Rania heads the Jordan Education Initiative, established in 2003 to introduce technology to schools across Jordan.
Her Majesty is the founder of the Jordan River Foundation, established to improve the livelihoods of communities and protect children from abuse across the Kingdom.
Access to Quality, Global Education- To ensure that the Arab world is at the forefront of educational innovation, in 2014 Her Majesty launched Edraak, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF) in partnership with the non-profit online learning initiative edX. This platform broadcasts the best Arab professors to the region, offering original Arabic courses - developed by QRF - to further enrich Arab education. The platform also gives Arab learners access to courses taught at top tier universities like Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley, translated to Arabic. All courses are delivered at no cost to the learner.
Queen Rania is UNICEF’s Eminent Global Advocate for Children and Honorary Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. In 2012, Her Majesty was selected as a member of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's High-level Panel (HLP) which was formed to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the expiry of the current set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Her Majesty is also a board member of both the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Foundation.
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