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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan met with the President of Tunisia, Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi, at the royal palace in Amman. The purpose of today’s visit was to strengthen bilateral and economic relations between Jordan and Tunisia.
Petra News writes that during today’s meeting His Majesty stated that:
“…Jordan and Tunisia are facing common challenges, particularly economic, and specifically the fight against poverty and unemployment, in addition to dealing with the refugee problem in both countries.
The King congratulated President Essebsi on the international appreciation and recognition Tunisia’s democratic experience has won, through awarding the Nobel Prize for peace for the Tunisian national dialogue quartet.
King Abdullah said Jordan and Tunisia share common characteristics that should pave the way towards greater cooperation in addressing challenges and building stronger partnerships in various fields.”
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended day 1 of the 2015 Women in the World Summit held at Cadogan Hall in London. The focus of the two-day summit will “…highlight a new Generation Girl platform that will amplify the authentic voices of young women leaders and showcase role models for girls…” according to a press release.
During the gathering Her Majesty gave a one-on-one interview with the founder of Women for Women International, Ms. Zainab Salbi.
On October 6, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Home of the Human Care in Fuhais, Jordan.
According to Petra News during today’s visit Her Majesty:
“…toured the home, which consists of three floors; the ground floor includes the reception area, offices, kitchen, laundry and the nuns’ rooms. Each of the first and second floors include 30 rooms for the elderly, a common room, a dining room, and other multipurpose rooms.
Her Majesty also visited and checked on one of the residents, a 96-year-old woman. She also thanked the team running the home and commended the quality of service and care provided.
The home — run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Cross Congregation of Lebanon — is built on a plot of land donated by Late Father Yousef Ne’mat, whose daughter is currently a nun at the Home. Father Ne’mat also contributed the cost of construction. Services provided by the home are considered of high standard and include nursing, spiritual and human care in addition to entertainment services. Father Hikmat Haddadin contributed a seed fund to start the building of a new extension.”
On the evening of September 24, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan arrived at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to attend the World Childhood Foundation’s Thank You Gala 2015.
During last Thursday’s event Her Majesty received the 2015 Childhood Thank You Award from Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. Her Majesty Queen Rania received the award “…in recognition of her support for the rights of children…” according to Petra News.
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan received the Walther Rathenau Prize from the Chancellor of Germany, Ms. Angela Merkel, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany.
Her Majesty received the award for her commitment to peace and understanding between peoples, religions, and between the East and West. Dr. Werner Hoyer, CEO of the Rathenau Institute, noted that Her Majesty is a “…courageous builder of bridges, her voice internationally is heard against violence and for tolerance across cultural and religious boundaries [which] is needed more than ever, especially in this day and age.”
On the morning of September 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan met with the German Ambassador to Jordan, Ms. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, and Dr. Michaela Baur, Country Director of German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) Office in Jordan and Lebanon at the royal palace in Amman.
According to Petra News, today’s meeting:
“…came in recognition of GIZ donation to Madrasati Jordan. During the meeting, Her Majesty noted the importance of this cooperation, which contributes to education and schools that bear additional burdens as a result of the Syrian exodus to Jordan. The Queen also praised Germany’s position in supporting key sectors in Jordan.”