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(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Holds a Meeting with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan in Brussels.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium met with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

The purpose of the Her Majesty Queen Rania’s visit was to discuss the Syrian crisis as well as mobilizing international support for Jordan’s education system.

In a statement released by Her Majesty Queen Rania’s press office today’s meeting specifically focused on:

“…showcasing the struggles Jordanian citizens face in cities that are densely populated by Syrians. She highlighted the impact the crisis has had on Jordan’s resources, infrastructure, and especially schools, which have enrolled 150,000 Syrian students.  This has affected the quality of education at schools that have been forced to run double shifts, with teachers under pressure to handle larger numbers of students in each class.

Her Majesty’s meetings are part of Jordan’s extensive efforts at all levels, ahead of the Syria’s Donor Conference in London on February 4 where, education will be a key theme.” 

Click here to watch a video news report. 

Click here to watch a video news report of Her Majesty Queen Rania’s meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Junker.

(VIDEOS) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Attends an Award Ceremony in Amman.

On Monday, December 14, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 10th Teacher Award and the 4th Principal Award ceremony held at the Royal Cultural Center-Al Hussein Youth City in Amman, Jordan.  The ceremony was organized by the Association of Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education.

During this afternoon’s ceremony Her Majesty “…honored 25 winners, bestowing prizes and plaques to 15 teachers who won in five different categories, as well as 10 principals who won the distinguished principal awards in two categories…” according to Her Majesty ‘s press office.

 The press release also notes that Her Majesty Queen Rania gave a moving speech highlighting:

“…the importance of recognizing teachers’ roles in building a more resilient and tolerant future generation. ‘Ten years ago, I launched the Teachers’ Award to start a tradition of recognizing outstanding educators whose skills reflect deeply on our success as a nation…’ Her Majesty said.

Queen Rania then continued, ‘I launched it for another reason, which few of you may not know… as it troubled me back then to learn that teachers felt unappreciated in our nation’s journey. And that is when I said: the era of teachers is back; believing in their role, I hoped they would reclaim their status and, once again, become a point of reference for all.’

‘Respecting teachers is a public social responsibility that is rooted first within homes, and then in classrooms, where capable teachers can earn students’ respect with their knowledge and experience…’ Queen Rania said. ‘Students must realize the importance of education before going to school; they must realize that that between their present and a promising future lies a school, an education, and a teacher…’ she added.

Referring to the pivotal role that a teacher plays in the face of turbulent times, she said, ‘we need our teachers more than ever… Our future depends on the next generation, their education, and the values they instill in them.’

‘Our young generation is being exposed to harmful new ideologies that neither our generation, nor previous ones, was familiar with —until today…’ she asserted.

Queen Rania went on to explain how discrimination is like a disease that takes advantage of vulnerable communities and spreads fear, adding that ‘…minds haunted by fear have no room for dreams. What future is one without dreams, hopes, and ambitions?’

Recalling the need to prepare youth to face alien ideologies, Queen Rania said, ‘We have to empower and raise them on the values of diversity and dialogue that Jordanians have passed on through the generations.’

‘We should teach them that they are part of a global community, one with more similarities than differences. Let’s teach children values that help them thrive, not ones that isolate and instill fear of the other…’ Her Majesty added.

Queen Rania concluded the speech by reaffirming that teachers are the country’s best chance at preparing a generation that will secure a better future for Jordan, congratulating educators for their commitment to this end.'”

 

HM Queen Rania of Joran Meets with the First Lady of Gabon.

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On Sunday, December 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held an audience with the First Lady of Gabon, Ms. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba.

According to a press release during Sunday’s meeting discussions focused on the “…areas of cooperation and mutual interest, particularly initiatives launched by Her Majesty to improve education in Jordan, as well all the government’s efforts to educational reform.” 

Photo courtesy of the press office of HM Queen Rania of Jordan

(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Receives an Honorary Doctorate.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan received an Honorary Doctorate from Sapienza Università di Roma in Rome, Italy.

Her Majesty was bestowed with the degree of Science Development and International Cooperation in “…recognition of her activities in promoting peace and cross-cultural dialogue and her efforts against religious and gender discriminations…” according to a press release via the official website for Her Majesty Queen Rania.

During yesterday’s ceremony more than “…300 scholars, students, and influencers, the Queen gave a speech that emphasized the need to unify against a common enemy of ‘irreligious terrorists whose sole aim is to destroy the civilized world.'”

 

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Gives a Speech During the MED 2015: Mediterranean Dialogues Conference.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended the MED 2015: Mediterranean Dialogues Conference in Rome, Italy.

During yesterday’s forum His Majesty gave an important speech.  Here is what he had to say in front of thousands of attendees including 40 heads of state:

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim Presidente Napolitano, Premier Renzi, Ministro Gentiloni, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you all. It is an honour to help open the premiere conference of the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues. I know I speak for everyone here in thanking our Italian hosts for bringing us together at a critical moment.

My Friends,

This gathering carries forward a living dialogue. For centuries, the people of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa have engaged with each other through trade, cooperation and learning. We communicate through the arts and culture of a common past; through ancient heritage sites and vibrant modern cities on both sides of the Mediterranean. We speak many languages, but shared values give us a common voice: for tolerance, for peace, and for mutual respect.

In our generation, this living dialogue has come under assault. The terrorists, who struck Paris in November, or those who bombed Amman ten years ago, or those who are operating worldwide today, seek more than violent destruction. They seek to silence the voices of tolerance and cooperation and divide us from each other.

The fact is, we will rise or fall together. Our regions are connected in virtually every way. When individual economies or political systems fail, when refugees flee, when violent groups find havens; when climate change dries wells and farmland, when millions of young people cannot find jobs, the impact cannot simply be contained and ignored. What once seemed national challenges are today global challenges.

Yet it is this inter-dependence that also gives us power to respond. Within our broad Mediterranean region, partnership unleashes tremendous capabilities to shape the future we need: by economic, diplomatic and security action and above all, by protecting the core values that will sustain our future.

No where is the need for partnership clearer than in the regional refugee crisis we face today. In recent years, Italy and other European countries have experienced an inflow of desperate people. Jordanians understand the fortitude and humanity that is being demanded of you — because our own country has been coping with an even larger refugee burden, for even longer. Jordan currently hosts 1.4 million Syrian refugees, one for every five Jordanians. One-quarter of our national budget is being consumed by refugee-related costs.

For Jordanians, compassionate action is a moral duty. But the reality is that we and a few other regional host countries are carrying this refugee burden on behalf of the entire international community. The answer cannot simply be emergency aid — as vital as that is. There must be comprehensive, global engagement, to address a crisis that realistically, will not end soon.

In economic terms, this means sustainable development support, especially in creating jobs and income. By partnering with us, enhancing trade arrangements and supporting our development infrastructure, Europe can help build a stronger Mediterranean neighbourhood. This creates opportunity in both regions.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Jordan has worked actively with the global community for a comprehensive approach to the challenges that terrorist groups pose today. I have said from the outset that we are fighting a war within Islam against the outlaws of Islam, the Khawarej. Yet, as is painfully seen, these terrorists and outlaws threaten the entire world. They spare no peoples; they respect no boundaries, moral or geographic. The Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas have all been targets. This is a war we have to fight, and win, as a united global community.

Our efforts must be framed within a broader strategy of military, diplomatic and human-development policies. In Syria, a political process is the only way forward to a credible, inclusive, non-sectarian future, one that will preserve Syria’s unity and independence. I am hopeful that we can now grab the opportunity that has emerged in the Vienna talks to move this process forward.

Everywhere, we must stand behind the principles that unite our world. Today is International Human Rights Day, but until the Palestinian people achieve their rights, millions of people around the world will be cynical about the reality of global justice. Terror propaganda and recruitment thrive on this conflict, and we all pay the price.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mutual respect is the rockbed of partnership. We need to understand how critically linked we are. Muslims in Europe are part of the fabric of history and society, just as Arab Christians are part of the fabric of the Middle East. Europe’s Muslim-majority countries in the Balkans are part of its regional future, just as our regions are part of a shared global future. No hatred, no persecution of minorities can ever be justified or tolerated. This is the message we must give the next generation.

Islam commands mercy and compassion, and upholds the equal dignity of every person. The Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself.” This Golden Rule is found in Christianity, Judaism, and other religions. This is the message we must give the next generation.

My Friends,

At the heart of our partnership are the values of cooperation and mutual aid. Our regions will only move forward by moving forward together. This is a pragmatic reality, but it is more. It reflects the moral strength that will sustain us. This is the message we must give the next generation, not only through what we teach but what we do.

Here, at the Rome-Med Dialogues, your voices will help send these messages and more. To preserve and advance the shared moral values on which tolerant, inclusive, stable societies are built.

I wish all of you the greatest success.

Thank you.”

(VIDEOS) TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Welcome the President of Germany to Amman.

On Monday, December 7, 2015, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan welcomed the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, and his partner, Ms. Daniela Schadt, to Al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan.

The purpose of President Gauck and his delegation’s two-day official visit is to pay tribute to Jordanian society’s achievement in finding shelter for hundreds of thousands of refugees; furthermore, to continue to strengthen economic and bilateral ties between Jordan and Germany.

151207-Reise-Jordanien-1-MEAfter the official welcoming ceremony and the reviewing of the Jordanian military guards His Majesty King Abdullah II and President Gauck participated in a meeting inside the palace.  Discussions focused on the Syrian crisis, education, vocational training and water, as Germany is one of the countries that provide technical assistance to Jordan in the field of water resources management and conservation.

In the evening, Their Majesties hosted a gala dinner in honor of President Gauck and Ms. Schadt’s visit to Jordan.

(VIDEO) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Opens the 2nd Teacher Skills Forum.

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 2nd Teacher Skills Forum held at the  King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead Sea in southern Jordan.

The purpose of the Teacher Skills Forum is to address the needs of the educational sector in the Arab World.  The forum includes more than 70 sessions that focus on equipping teachers with applicable teaching practices and techniques as the forum aims to provide teachers with practical solutions to some of the challenges they may face in the classroom.  The forum also provides a unique platform for teachers and education professionals to exchange experiences and attend workshops delivered by experts in a new as well as innovative set-up.

 

(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits a Charity Organization in Al Balqa.

On December 3, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the charity organization,  Basmet Al-Khair Charitable Society for Women, in the Al Balqa Governorate.

During her visit Her Majesty met with representatives from the organization who informed the queen about the organizations main projects as well as achievements to date.  Thereafter, Her Majesty visited the Allan Cultural Forum in the Zai District.

(VIDEOS) Royals Arrive in Paris for the Opening of the COP21.

On Monday, November 30, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, and His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain attended the opening of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris, France.

Government officials, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, and world leaders including the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, and the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, attended today’s important conference.

The overall goal of the twelve-day COP21 conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Please click here to view photos of the arrival of guests to the COP21.

(VIDEO) News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan met with the Director-General of the Arab Reading Challenge, Ms. Najla Al Shamesi, in Amman.

During their meeting Her Majesty was informed about the Arab Reading Challenge initiative which “…supports for efforts to increase awareness on the importance of reading among students in the Arab world…” writes the Jordan Times.  

Established in September 2015 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai the Arab Reading Challenge is noted to be largest project aimed at encouraging students in the Arab world to read, with more than a million students committing to read 50 million extracurricular books every academic year.

Overall, the initiative aims to encourage reading on a continuous basis through a comprehensive system of incentives and follow-up mechanisms throughout the academic year.  The Emirates News Agency notes that the “…challenge also includes several rounds of evaluation and qualification at the level of each school, educational zone, country, and finally the Arab world. The challenge seeks to create a new generation with excellent reading skills and a thirst for knowledge.”

(VIDEO) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Royal Health Awareness Society.

On Monday, November 23, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Royal Health Awareness Society(RHAS) in Amman.

During today’s celebrations Her Majesty viewed an exhibition which represents all programs implemented by RHAS such as the the Donors’ Zone, Youth Zone, where volunteers shared their stories, Community Zone, which highlights clinics with beneficiaries, and the Schools Zone.

(VIDEO) TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Welcome the President of Cyprus to Jordan.

On the morning of Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan welcomed the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and his wife, First Lady Andri Moustakoudes, to Amman, Jordan.

After the official welcoming ceremony at Al-Husseiniya Palace His Majesty and President Anastasiades held a meeting where discussions focused on strengthening bilateral as well as economic ties between Jordan and Cyprus.

(VIDEO) TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Attend a Memorial Service in Amman.

On Monday, November 9, 2015, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended a memorial service, held at the Amman Martyrs Garden, for the victims of the November 9, 2005 Amman bombings.

At least 53 people innocent lives were lost and 120 people were injured in “…blasts that rocked three hotels in the Jordanian capital…” according to AFP News.