Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah checked today on different learning technologies applied by the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) in a number of public schools in Jordan.
During a visit to Al Jandaweel Secondary School for Girls, Queen Rania, who was accompanied by the Minister of Education Mohammad Thneibat and the Head of Wadi Al Seer Education Directorate Dawood Al Maaitah, toured the school and dropped in on several classes to check how students are interacting with JEI’s programs.
Her Majesty stressed the importance of institutionalizing the integration of ICT into the educational system in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and all other stakeholders.
Ms. Nermine Nabulsi, CEO of JEI, briefed Her Majesty on some of the programs which integrate ICT into school curricula aiming to modernize teaching methods and create an engaging learning environment for students.
Before ending her visit, Her Majesty passed by the teachers’ room who shared stories with the Queen of how their school has benefited from JEI’s programs.
Thneibat said that students show more interaction and interest when they are using advanced teaching tools as opposed to the old traditional teaching methods, noting that the ministry’s current strategy is working towards the integration of ICT into public schools in Jordan.
The Minister also praised Queen Rania’s efforts as well as JEI’s achievements which is implementing its programs in 177 schools in Jordan. He added that the ministry plans to build on JEI’s efforts in the next 5 years to reach as many schools in the kingdom as possible.
The Jordan Education Initiative is one of Queen Rania’s non-profit organizations that was launched in 2003 under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II and in partnership with the World Economic Forum. The initiative leverages public-private partnerships to spur education reform, drive innovation in the industry, and contribute to building a knowledge-based economy.
Over the years, JEI has equipped Jordan’s classrooms with computer technology and Jordan’s teachers with cutting edge curricula; it has also focused on training teachers in more student-centered techniques, and is partnered with Madrasati. The JEI model has been exported to and adapted in several countries.
Since its launch, JEI has benefited about 108,000 students and 6,000 teachers from across Jordan.