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Queen attends open day promoting health-conscious practices at schools

By JT - Feb 26,2018 - Last updated at Feb 26,2018

Her Majesty Queen Rania poses for a group photo with school principals and teachers at the Royal Health Awareness Society’s Capacity Building Open Day on Sunday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Sunday joined the Royal Health Awareness Society’s (RHAS) Capacity Building Open Day, where 375 Jordanian principals and teachers took part in a number of health-related workshops and interactive sessions, a statement by Her Majesty’s Office said.

The event was organised in recognition of the 108 schools that received the Healthy Schools National Accreditation for the 2016-2017 academic year, with the aim of improving awareness of health-conscious practices among educators.

Accompanied by RHAS Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rami Farraj, and RHAS Director General Hanin Odeh, Her Majesty stopped by several workshops focusing on effective change management, school nutrition programmes, utilisation of health education technologies and the role of physical activity in preventing diseases. Educators also took part in sessions on subjects including time management, community mobilisation and enhancing schools’ roles in tobacco control.

The event included a ceremony attended by Minister of Education Omar Razzaz, celebrating last year’s recipients of the Healthy Schools National Accreditation, 17 of whom received the gold accreditation, 30 the silver, and 61 the bronze. In addition, eight schools were awarded “Health Competency” status, allowing them to reenroll in the programme for the next academic year.

In an address, Odeh reaffirmed RHAS’ commitment to helping transform schools into healthier education environments, and highlighted the benefits of joining Healthy Schools and actively participating in its events and programmes. 

Established by RHAS in 2008, Healthy Schools is a national accreditation programme implemented in partnership with the ministries of health and education. Focusing on public and preventive health education, the programme aims to create health-promoting environments within Jordanian schools, reflecting positively on student’s physical and social development, as well as their academic performance. 

To date, the programme has trained 1,800 teachers and principals on national health standards, and 77 health initiatives have been implemented with the support of the schools’ community members.

RHAS, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, was established in 2005 to promote health awareness and empower Jordanians to adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviours. Targeting schoolchildren, youth and the community at large, RHAS aims to instill the foundations of preventive healthcare, which ultimately contributes to the well-being and safety of Jordanian society.

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