Ammon News, Culture & Society

King, Queen visit Royal Academy for the Blind

[5/22/2018 11:13:29 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania spent Tuesday afternoon with students of the Royal Academy for the Blind in Amman, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Education. The King and Queen were briefed by students on the projects they designed and implemented at the STEM Laboratory for teaching the blind science, engineering, technology and mathematics, which is the first of its kind in the region. The students talked about their experiences in developing their projects, including how electric circuit works and practical implementation on the ground, designing robots, and linking chess to teach mathematics to the blind in an easy and interesting way. Their Majesties also listened to a presentation by the academy's director, Abdel Munim Al-Duwairi, in which he emphasized the use of the latest technology in education and the creation of a suitable educational environment for the visually impaired among both sexes from all over the Kingdom from first grade to Tawjihi. He said that the academy includes 34 classrooms and provides rehabilitation services for students, including the visually impaired, training of other senses, training in mobility, movement and daily life skills, as well as providing psychological and health support, counseling and recreational, cultural and social services, including music, sports and drawing. He added that the current number of students at the academy is 295 students, 20 of whom live in the dormitory, adding that 153 employees work at the academy, including 101 teaching staff, among them 55 teachers with visual disabilities, pointing that the academy is printing the curricula of the Ministry of Education Braille for all students in the Kingdom. The exhibition was one stop in Their Majesties' tour of the academy's facilities, which includes student paintings supervised by Jordanian artist Suheil Baqaeen, known for his "Smell of Color" initiative of teaching students to distinguish colors through smell. The students talked about their experiences in participating in art exhibitions and how to use the colors with smell with the help of artist Suhail Baqaeen. The King and Queen were accompanied by the minister of education and the secretary general of the Royal Hashemite Court, head of the follow-up committee for the implementation of royal initiatives. The Royal Academy of the Blind was founded in 2011 as a Royal Initiative, the only academy in Jordan that deals with students with visual disabilities from different regions of the Kingdom.

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Queen Rania visits Dar Al Aytam Society in Marka

[5/21/2018 6:13:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, on Monday, visited the Dar Al Aytam Society in Marka, eastern Amman, to learn about a newly implemented volunteer initiative there by the Nashmi Center for Youth Empowerment, which aims to transform the facility into a model orphanage. Welcomed by Director of the Society, Zuhrieh Al Salman, and Founder of Nashmi Center, Ala’ Al Bashiti, Her Majesty met with a group of the center’s volunteers, who briefed her on their year-long project to revamp the orphanage and upgrade its services. At the meeting, Her Majesty lauded Nashmi volunteers’ efforts and thanked them for paying special attention to the needs of orphaned children in Jordan. "An orphaned child is deprived of the love and care of his family, and must be treated as one of our own children. It is our humanitarian and religious duty to nurture and look after our orphans," she said. Her Majesty stressed that orphaned children are among the most vulnerable groups in society, and warned that complacency in regards to the quality of care and services they receive cannot be tolerated. Launched this month under the title "My Project," Nashmi Center’s initiative aims to challenge the status quo of orphan care and create a more sustainable and durable role for volunteers at orphanages, departing from longstanding seasonal campaigns to support this vulnerable group of young Jordanians. Orphan care is known to peak in Ramadan and Muslim holidays, and taper off during the remainder of the year, leaving many children who need consistent support in limbo. In that regard, Her Majesty shed light on the inadequacy of this occasional care to create a substantial and sustainable impact on these children’s lives and emphasized the pivotal role volunteers play in breaking this cycle and translating compassion and empathy into tangible action. "Volunteers are integral to enhancing the quality of services provided to orphans, building various partnerships for their benefit, and providing care and social integration opportunities for them," she said. The project will be executed in three phases this year. The first will include a full-fledged renovation of the society by volunteers with the help of orphans. The second will pair each orphan with a volunteer, who will act as a mentor and be responsible for helping the orphan with academics, social integration, personality development, and a graduation project. The third and final phase will see the completion of the orphans’ graduation projects, with all expenses covered by Nashmi. Launched in 2016, the Nashmi Center for Youth Empowerment is a non-profit organization that promotes social work and volunteering across the country. Aiming to position volunteerism as a way of life and a moral obligation among Jordan’s youth, Nashmi encompasses several volunteering campaigns addressing social issues. Nashmi also lobbies against the use of firearms at public events, raises awareness to protect youth from cybercrime, performs repairs and maintenance at primary schools, and works to assimilate people with disabilities into society. Dar Al Aytam society was founded in 1968 as a center for boys between the ages of six and twelve who are either orphaned or come from disintegrated or impoverished families. The society currently serves a total of 22 boys.

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Crown Prince visits Northern Badia Youth Center

[5/20/2018 1:14:07 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, visited Sunday the Northern Badia Youth Center in Mafraq Governorate where he checked on programs and training workshops that benefit citizens of the region. His Highness's visit to the Center is part of his follow-up on programs aimed at promoting the youth sector and to meet the needs and aspirations of young people in different regions of the Kingdom. During th visit the Crown Prince toured an exhibition for handicrafts manufactured by youth of the Northern Badia centers that reflect the environmental, heritage and cultural reality of the region. His Highness also attended a session on His Majesty King Abdullah's discussion papers, during which the youth discussed the importance of these papers in enhancing the participation of the youth in the development of the society. Prince Hussein also attended part of a training session entitled "The Art of Debates" that discussed social, political and economic issues. During the visit, His Highness expressed his pride in the achievements of the Northern Badia Youth Center in caring for the young people and developing their talents, stressing the importance of developing youth programs and linking them to the needs of the local community and its interests. At the Northern Badia Youth Center, His Highness met in the presence of His Majesty's advisor, director of His Majesty's Office, with Minister of Youth Bashir Al-Rawashdeh and officials in the ministry. The Crown Prince highlighted the need for the ministry to follow up on youth who received training in order to improve their skills and stimulate their creativity.

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Are We A Society of Tolerance and Solidarity?

[5/17/2018 11:18:57 AM]

AMMONNEWS - On Sunday morning under the auspices of HRH Prince Mired bin Ra’ad, Head of the Higher Council for the Affairs of persons with disabilities, very proud parents together with the dedicated staff of Al Hussein Society Jordan Center for Inclusion and Training joined by the Society’s committed partners, representatives of local and international organizations, celebrated the 38th graduation of the Society’s school. The graduation was preceded by lovely theatrical performance, songs and statements by the school’s children and by three former students sharing their success stories reflecting sense of belonging and partnership which were introduced as this year graduation theme. The families of the children rejoiced and appreciated their children’s acquisition of skills and capabilities preparing them to be enrolled in main stream schools. The audience couldn’t help being highly impressed by the degree of children’s empowerment and involvement in issues relevant to their both rights and duties as good Jordanian citizens However the key question remains whether the Jordanian citizens at large are acting as good citizens foremost concerning their duties towards others especially those with disabilities. While the colossal efforts of the Society, in serving people with disabilities of all nationalities residing in the Kingdom including refugees throughout the Kingdom with very modest budget which puts the sustainability of their comprehensive most needed services at risk, continue. Such celebrations, which represent an occasion to get acquainted with the achievements of the Society, continue to receive very modest attention of the Jordanian society at large. We continue hearing statements such as “I cannot see people with disabilities, it hurts.” Complete indifference to requests to support the Society addressing financially capable people continues. In the light of the above mentioned, a crucial however painful reality evolves. An exemplary Jordanian institution serving the most vulnerable segment of the Arab nation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and pioneering inclusion is hardly surviving in a society that is far from tolerance and solidarity!

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Crown Prince visits Tafileh town of Al Sele’

[5/10/2018 5:15:44 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, on Thursday, visited the archaeological town of Al Sele’ in the southern governorate of Tafileh. His Royal Highness reviewed the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities' plans to develop and promote the archaeological site, and services provided to visitors and tourists. During his meeting at the town's visitor center, Prince Al Hussein stressed the need to pay attention to all tourist and historical sites that Jordan has, each of which is qualified to be a tourist and economic success story. The prince was briefed on the progress of the Ministry's plan to develop the site and make it attractive to tourists, and pointed out that visiting the Al Sele’ town and its citadel should be considerable compared to their archaeological and historical value. The Crown Prince was also briefed by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Lina Annab, on the ministry's procedures in terms of restoring many of the archeological sites in the town of Al Sele’, and plans to develop the town's hostel, attract investments to operate the site and improve public services. Annab said the Crown Prince's visit to the town will have a significant impact in introducing this archaeological site to the world. Prince Al Hussein toured the town of Al Sele’, walked through the Al Siq that leads to it and checked on the archaeological site, which is surrounded by unique geographical diversity between mountains and valleys. The town of Al Sele’ is located south of the town of Tafila, 16 kilometers away. It contains palaces, caves, models of art, sculpture, architecture, irrigation systems and archaeological watchtowers.

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Crown Prince inaugurates TechWorks innovation platform

[5/7/2018 1:02:46 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II opened on Monday opened TechWorks; the Crown Prince Foundation's flagship innovation platform to address the need for youth to access to the right tools, talent, resources, and institutions, and a level-playing field on which to compete. Built as a national model of excellence; TechWorks is a public, society-based digital Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) with the mission of bringing together youth, ideas, and resources to unleash the power of Jordan’s innovation ecosystem. The Crown Prince stressed the importance of supporting and empowering young Jordanian innovators and the need to provide them with capacity-building programs as an essential pillar of economic development in Jordan. Through creating a sustainable, highly integrated ecosystem that encompasses the entire innovation process – from discovery and ideation through to design, development and commercialization - TechWorks seeks to support young innovators on multiple levels, enabling them to design, engineer, and manufacture just about anything. It will also provide youth with access to capacity building programs focusing on employability, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Youth Minister meets Kuwait counterpart

[5/6/2018 3:51:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Youth Minister Bashir Rawashdeh on Sunday met with his Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammed Jabri and discussed cooperation between the two counties in various youth- related fields. The two ministers also reviewed programs to serve youths in both countries, stressing the need to overcome challenges faced by Arab youths so as to promote their role in serving their nations in different fields.

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