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Queen Rania meets with winners of global teachers awards

By JT - Dec 09,2012 - Last updated at Dec 09,2012

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Sunday met with two teachers who won the top prize in the “extended learning beyond the classroom” category at the 8th Annual Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) Global Forum, held recently in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Her Majesty congratulated Arabic teacher Rania Obeidat and ICT teacher Ghadeer Obeidat on their win, lauding their creativity and hard work that earned them the prestigious honour.

The teachers, who work at the Hatem Secondary School in Bani Kinanah in Irbid, briefed Her Majesty about the competition and their experience, as well as the effects of their project on their students and the local community.

The two educators competed with around 200 teachers (112 projects) representing more than 70 countries for the global Innovative Educator Awards.

Their winning project, Glimmer of Hope, focuses on the importance of early detection of breast cancer, according to a statement released by the Queen’s office.

Following the results, which revealed that many of the women were hesitant, shy and embarrassed to undergo the test, the teachers took their work beyond the classroom and into the community.

Working in cooperation with the Al Hussein Cancer Centre, the teachers were trained on how to detect breast cancer and in turn provided training to the women of the local community, the statement said.

With the help of their teachers, the students took the initiative even further by organising a free day for examining the women in their school every three months.

Microsoft’s PiL programme hosts national and regional events throughout the year that recognise innovative educators and school leaders. These competitions culminate in the Global Forum, according to the Microsoft website.

The programme, which helps educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create, and share ideas and projects so that students can realise their greatest potential, is now four million educators strong in over 100 countries.  

In January 2012, the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) invited 150 public schools from all over the Kingdom to participate in the local competition where 180 teachers received training on project design by the JEI team. Three projects made it to the regional competition, which was held in Morocco in September, and “Glimmer of Hope” made it to the global forum enabling it to win the top prize in its category.

The JEI worked closely with both teachers throughout the whole process, mentoring and coaching them during the design and delivery of the project, the statement said.

Launched in 2003, the JEI strives to spur education reform and drive innovation in the industry through equipping Jordan’s classrooms with computer technology and cutting edge curricula.

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