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Queen Rania honours Teachers Award winners

By Mohammad Ghazal - Nov 26,2012 - Last updated at Nov 26,2012

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday honoured winners of the 7th Queen Rania Teachers Award, commending their work ethic, dedication and commitment.

The Queen, who is chairperson of the Association of Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education (QRAEE) board of trustees, presented prizes and plaques to 20 teachers who won in the award’s five categories, at a ceremony hosted by the association.

“Raising generations and educating them is an honour rather than a profession. It is indispensable and should not hinge on wealth or scarcity of resources. It is a message that transforms its bearers,” Her Majesty said.

The winners will receive monetary awards in the value of JD3,000 for 1st place, JD2,000 for 2nd place, and JD1,000 for 3rd place, according to a statement released by the Queen’s office.

They will also be given the opportunity to participate in professional development programmes and academic training provided by the association, in cooperation with educational institutions and various academic centres.

In addition, the winners are named ambassadors in the field of education to be role models for their peers and to contribute actively in the advancement of the educational environment in schools across the Kingdom, the statement said.

In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Minister of Education Wajih Owais commended the award’s organisers.

“The award established a movement of excellence within our educational institutions. It elevated the value of achievement, documented the relationship between teachers and their communities and increased the overall effectiveness of learning outcomes,” Owais said.

Underlining the need to develop the sector, the minister said education plays a key role in advancing the economies of nations as it is the gate to progress.

Owais also called on teachers to encourage creative thinking in school, noting that it encourages innovation among students.

QRAEE Association Director Lubna Touqan spoke about the award’s recent developments and plans for making the application process more accessible and inclusive to all teachers.

“Today we are in the process of implementing an automation project for some stages of the award to facilitate the application process,” Touqan said at the award ceremony.

The association has succeeded in building effective partnerships with local institutions in different sectors to support its mission, and still has great ambitions and lots to offer the educational sector, she added.

This year, the Teacher’s Award received more than 1,400 applicants.

The annual award, which was launched in 2005, was followed by the launch of the Principal’s Award in 2009.

Representatives of the educational and media sectors and more than 1,000 teachers from 40 districts in the Kingdom attended Monday’s award ceremony at Al Hussein Youth City, which was sponsored by Zain.

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