Ammon News, Culture & Society

Crown Prince meets young volunteers in Karak, joins them for iftar

[5/21/2019 8:53:59 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II on Tuesday at Karak Castle met with a group of young volunteers who are active in community service and charity work. Crown Prince Al Hussein stressed the importance of supporting voluntary youth initiatives and promoting a culture of volunteerism and community service, commending young volunteers’ efforts to serve local communities. His Royal Highness, who joined the volunteers for iftar, was briefed by Arabcom voluntary group founder Layth Majali on its activities, which are aimed at sustainable development and instilling a culture of social solidarity and cooperation. The voluntary group includes 300 members and over 1,000 volunteers, and it seeks to engage young people and harness their energies through volunteerism for community service programmes, according to Majali. The Crown Prince and the volunteers also performed maghreb prayer.

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Social Security subscriptions at 1.3 million

[5/7/2019 10:55:37 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The total number of those insured by the Social Security Corporation (SSC) has risen to 1,305,000, including 67,000 voluntary subscribers, or 5% of the total number of active subscribers, according to the latest figures. The number of insured non-Jordanians has reached 163,000, 12.5% of the total number of active subscribers, and the number of female subscribers was 372,000, or 28.5%, according to SSC spokesperson Mousa Sbeihi. He said in a press statement Tuesday that the number of insured employers was 15,878 and that the average salaries and wages of all the insured is 542 dinars. Sbeihi said that the SSC law apply to all subscribers, including those who are not incorporated in the civil or military retirement law as well as Jordanians working in regional, international and foreign missions in the Kingdom and their annexes.

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5 thousand Syrian students enrolled in Jordan's universities, says AAU

[4/24/2019 7:13:29 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The number of Syrian students at Jordan's higher education institutions has reached 5,000, according to Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities (AAU), Dr. Abdul Rahim Hunaiti. Hunaiti's remarks came during a coordination meeting at the AAU's headquarters in Amman on Wednesday to partners in the project to support education of Syrian refugee students financed by the European Commission (EC) within the framework of Erasmus Plus program. "Jordan currently hosts some 1.3 million Syrians, 655,000 of whom are registered with the United Nations," he said, adding the kingdom has allocated large proportion of its budget to spend on Syrian students, whether in higher, or public education sectors. He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in support of Jordan for hosting a large number of Syrian brothers because of the situation in Syria. The project includes Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan and Jordan in cooperation with Turkey, Germany and the Union of Mediterranean Universities. On Jordan's efforts, Hunaiti expressed his thanks to the Ministry of Higher Education for its contribution to solving the problem of the many undocumented Syrian students by accepting them at Jordanian universities and giving them sufficient time to obtain their documents due to the circumstances in Syria. Hunaiti said the AAU will continue to support Syrian students, and will work in cooperation with Jordanian and Arab higher education institutions to provide what they need to continue their academic life in a scientific environment incubating creativity and excellence. The participants stressed the importance of providing a suitable educational environment for Syrian students to develop their scientific, and technical skills in line with the requirements of the local, regional and international labor market.

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Health Ministry: Jordan close to achieving comprehensive health coverage

[4/15/2019 7:43:49 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Health Minister Ghazi Zaben said that Jordan is close to achieving comprehensive health coverage due to the potentials it has. During a meeting with doctors who received the Jordanian Medical Council's certificate for the February 2019 session in the presence of Secretary General Hikmat Abul Foul and senior officials of the ministry, Zaben said that all ministry cadres, especially specialists, are the backbone for achieving comprehensive health coverage in partnership with all health sectors. He added that the Jordanian Medical Council enjoys a high reputation at the local, regional and international levels, noting that the council's law takes into account the balance between all health sectors and the achievement of justice and equal opportunities.

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Italian president visits Zaatari refugee camp

[4/9/2019 3:08:17 PM]

AMMONNEWS - During a visit to the Zaatari refugee camp on Tuesday, President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, checked firsthand the services provided to refugees and was briefed about their most urgent needs. Mattarella praised Jordan for its efforts to serve the refugees and for taking them in for years, indicating Jordan's role as a hub for stability in a volatile region. "Zaatari refugee camp represents a distinguished experience, not because it is one of the biggest refugee camps in the world but because of the services it provides to refugees and the high level of organization," commending the Kingdom for its humanitarian obligation towards the Syrian refugees. He underscored Italy's commitment to standing by Jordan's side in addressing the ramifications of the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Queen Rania Launches Zaha Cultural Center in Al Mafraq and Meets Royal Grant Beneficiaries

[4/8/2019 2:46:14 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah inaugurated a new branch of the Zaha Cultural Center during a visit to Al Mafraq governorate on Monday, where she also met with a number of recipients of a Royal Hashemite Court (RHC) grant. Her Majesty toured the new Al Mafraq Zaha Cultural Center in the presence of Deputy Head of the Greater Mafraq Municipality, Sami Basbous, and Director of the Zaha Cultural Center, Rania Sbeih. The Queen stopped by some of its facilities, including the Karameesh Room for children aged three to five, which is a space that offers intellectual and social skills development courses. Her Majesty also spoke with a number of the center’s employees, as well as mothers of child beneficiaries. The center currently offers training sessions that aim to meet the needs of the local community and its children between the ages of six and 16. The sessions vary from handicrafts workshops to academic programs in architectural drawing and the English language, and include behavioral modification courses as well. At the center, Her Majesty met with a group of women from Al Mafraq and learned about their business and small project ideas. The center was established upon the directives of His Majesty when he visited Al Mafraq in 2016, and funded by the Ministry of Planning in partnership with the municipality of Al Mafraq and the Zaha Cultural Institute. Welcomed at the Prince Ali bin Al Hussein Stadium by the Governor of Al Mafraq, Yasser Odwan, Founder of the Community Centers Association (CCA), Dr. Sari Nasser, CCA President, Dr. Firyal Saleh, and Head of Al Mafraq Youth Directorate, Mohamad Khawaldeh, Her Majesty listened to beneficiaries talk about the small businesses they established through royal grants and with support from local civil society organizations. Queen Rania commended the role of these organizations in empowering local communities, stressing that they are best positioned to understand and respond to their community’s needs. She also reassured the beneficiaries of the support they will continue to receive in the future. To date and through the grant scheme, 13 civil society organizations have provided 144 families in Al Mafraq with loans to help them establish their own income-generating projects with practical guidance from the CCA. Beneficiaries were chosen based on strict criteria, which ensure that grants are allocated to those most in need. During her visit, the Queen also stopped by the home of grant recipient, Manal Abu Qdeiri, who used the funds she received to start a home-based business selling clothing and food, generating an income of JOD 500 each month. Abu Qdeiri told the Queen how this business has helped provide much-needed income for her entire family.

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Crown Prince pays surprise visit to Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration

[4/8/2019 2:33:27 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II on Monday paid a surprise visit to the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration, where he was briefed on its programmes that enable graduates to secure job opportunities. Crown Prince Al Hussein joined some of the institute’s students in making a mosaic art piece, and toured the facilities of the centre, the only one in the region that offers a diploma on mosaic art and restoration accredited by Balqa Applied University. His Royal Highness toured an exhibition of heritage products by the institute’s students, who showed the Crown Prince how they restore mosaic pieces. During the visit to the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration, established in 2007, His Royal Highness stressed its important role in conserving Jordan’s mosaic heritage, noting how its programmes enable young Jordanians to compete in the labour market. The institute offers 50 annual scholarships to residents of Madaba, which has been home to mosaics for over 1500 years, and 25 others to residents of other governorates, in cooperation with the Employment-Technical and Vocational Education and Training Fund affiliated with the Ministry of Labour. The Crown Prince commended the professionalism of students and graduates in restoring and producing mosaic pieces. His Royal Highness also visited Hippolytus Hall in Madaba, which is adorned with mosaics and features artefacts from the Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and other eras.

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