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Jordan launches campaign to combat breast cancer

[10/17/2017 5:13:39 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan on Monday launched the 2017 Arab Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, which encourages women to undergo screening for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. This year marks the tenth edition of the annual campaign, which is the first of its kind in the Arab region. It attracted a lot of Middle East countries including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Palestine, Bahrain, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria, to participate in. The event is organized by the Jordan Breast Cancer Programme (JBCP) led by the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF). At a press conference Monday, Jordanian Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the KHCF, expressed that "every mother in Amman, every daughter in Beirut, every sister in Jerusalem and every friend in Baghdad, Riyadh, Manama, Cairo, Rabat, Abu Dhabi and Algeria is our priority, and her health is our ultimate goal." "Today, I turn to every woman in every village, city and Arab country and ask her to get screened," added the Princess. Around 5,400 breast cancer cases are recorded in Jordan every year. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Jordan, accounting for 19 percent of all cancer cases, according to health officials.

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Queen Rania attends QRTA graduation ceremony

[10/16/2017 2:30:17 PM]

AMMONNEWS - In a step lauded by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah as "a long-awaited Jordanian accomplishment," the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) on Monday graduated the first cohort of teachers and principals to receive two newly introduced professional diplomas in Jordan. In her remarks at the graduation ceremony, Queen Rania described the establishment of the Teacher Education Professional Diploma (TEPD) as a gateway for transforming teaching from a job into a career, beyond which is a limitless horizon, to be crossed "one graduating class at a time." Her Majesty also recalled the launch of the National Strategy for Human Resources Development by His Majesty King Abdullah II in 2016. "On that day, I presented the reality of education in Jordan, and we decisively moved forward on a roadmap for education reform that elevates teachers’ qualifications and improves learning outcomes," Her Majesty said. Despite perceptions at that time of the Jordanian education system as "a wilted tree – parched, and incapable of bearing fruit," Her Majesty affirmed that education in the country is very much alive, describing the graduates as "heralds of the upcoming educational spring." "One year ago, we said that the education we provide our children over the course of 12 years must be a journey that is worthy of their childhood, and we attested to the fact that, in Jordan, when we want to achieve something, we can," Queen Rania stated. "Today, I say with much pride, we willed and we acted." During the ceremony, which was held at the Royal Cultural Palace, 174 teacher trainees were awarded the TEPD, while 33 school principals received the Advanced Instructional Leadership Professional Diploma (AILPD). Both diplomas, each consisting of 24 credit hours, were introduced during the previous academic year in line with QRTA’s efforts to implement the National Strategy for Human Resources Development. Minister of Education Omar Al Razzaz also gave a speech in which he deemed the graduation of the diplomas’ first cohort "a major turning point in the quality of our educational system, in line with the Ministry's plans and policies for teacher development and in cooperation with QRTA and the University of Jordan." Going on to mention the Ministry’s attempts to elevate not only teachers’ status but also the education system as a whole, Razzaz described the training and preparation of teachers as "a cornerstone of the developmental and modernization processes." "At the beginning of their professional lives, this first cohort of graduates has acquired skills and teaching methods prior to ever entering the classroom, resulting in an enriched educational environment that fosters creativity and excellence. This is sure to reflect positively on our children, leading to the development of a generation of innovative and competitive youth capable of impacting the community." The TEPD was established by QRTA to equip new teachers with necessary skills and to empower them to excel in the classroom based on the latest developments in the education field. The diploma was launched with technical assistance from University College London’s Institute of Education and accreditation from the University of Jordan. Meanwhile, the AILPD was introduced for school principals to improve the educational environment in Jordan’s schools and provide further support to the nation’s teachers. The diploma was developed and implemented in partnership with the University of Connecticut in the United States, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and with accreditation from the University of Jordan. An initiative of Her Majesty, QRTA is an independent non-profit organization committed to empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms. Since its launch in 2009 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, QRTA has offered a variety of other training courses to 50,000 teachers across Jordan, in accordance with the educational needs of Jordan and the Arab World.

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Jordan, EU discuss education project for Syrian refugees

[10/14/2017 4:00:37 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An official of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and an European Union (EU) expert Saturday discussed progress in EU-funded projects in Jordan, including the one related to Syrian refugees. The ministry's Secretary-General, Ahed Al-Wahdneh, and Kay Raja, the EU expert overseeing the EDU-Syria project, being implemented under the supervision of the ministry, tackled several aspects of the project, as well as the ministry's vision and future prospects for upcoming education-related projects for Syrian refugees and host communities. The EU official is visiting Jordan as part of a series of evaluation trips to check on projects funded by the European Union in the Kingdom. EDU-Syria is a project funded by the European Union and aims to providing scholarships for Higher Education to Young Syrians and Jordanians. The project is led by the German Jordanian University along with three partner institutes: Zarqa University, Yarmouk University and Al-Quds College.

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Queen Rania Meets Second Cohort of QRTA Teacher Education Professional Diploma

[10/11/2017 10:35:44 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) on Wednesday, where she met members of the second cohort of the Teacher Education Professional Diploma (TEPD), who started their program orientation on October 8. The TEPD was established by QRTA to equip new teachers with necessary skills and to empower them to excel in the classroom based on the latest developments in teaching and education. Launched with technical assistance from University College London’s Institute of Education and accreditation from the University of Jordan, the diploma consists of 24 credit hours completed over nine months of study. Queen Rania was received at the academy by QRTA CEO, Haif Banyan, who underscored QRTA’s commitment to implementing a strategic five-year action plan in line with Her Majesty’s vision. Banyan also informed the Queen that the number of TEPD students has grown from 179 in its first cohort, which is set to graduate next week, to 500 for the current academic year. "QRTA aims to provide the Ministry of Education with qualified teachers, who are able to manage modern-day classrooms, in the main subject areas of Arabic language, English language, math, and science," he said, adding that QRTA is working towards accepting 3,000 students into TEPD in the coming years. Joining a number of the diploma’s students during their lunch break, Her Majesty chatted with the aspiring teachers about their expectations of the program, and encouraged them to continue to develop their educational skills. In turn, the students expressed their eagerness to acquire the practical knowledge they will need to effectively pass information on to their students. Over the past three months, QRTA received 2,730 applications to the TEPD, which were screened and evaluated in line with international best practices. Online applications received via the QRTA website were filtered in cooperation with the Civil Service Bureau according to preset criteria, which stated that all applicants must have achieved a bachelor’s degree in Arabic language, English language, math, science, or a related field with a ranking of ‘Good’ or higher. Priority was given to applicants who attained a grade-point-average of 80% or higher in high school. Applicants also sat for Arabic and English-language proficiency tests, with shortlisted candidates invited to conduct personal interviews with QRTA academic staff. Those selected to join the TEPD were granted scholarships by the Jordanian government covering tuition fees as well as other expenses. In return, graduates of the TEPD are committed to teaching in public schools for a specific period of time, based on Ministry of Education regulations. An initiative of Her Majesty, QRTA is an independent non-profit organization committed to empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms. Since its launch in 2009 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, QRTA has offered a variety of other training courses to 50,000 teachers across Jordan, in accordance with the educational needs of Jordan and the Arab World.

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Queen chairs board meeting of Queen Rania Foundation

[10/2/2017 10:25:08 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah chaired a meeting of the board of directors of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) on Monday to discuss the progress of the foundation’s applied research and program development. The meeting, which was held at the offices of QRF in Amman, also addressed the latest successes of the foundation’s massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Edraak. As part of its broader research efforts, the QRF team presented the foundation’s achievements this year, beginning with the publication of its study titled ‘Economic Returns of Investing in Early Childhood Care and Education’. Throughout the year, QRF has launched several projects, including the introduction of gamified math-teaching methods for children in the ninth grade and evaluating their impact on student learning. QRF also presented a program providing parents of children aged five and below with simple and practical tools to support their children’s holistic development and prepare them for school. The board also hashed out the foundation’s plans for the upcoming year, all of which are supported by research and programs in line with QRF’s mission to improve literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills for children between the ages of three and 15. Her Majesty was also briefed on the latest developments of Edraak, which held its first regional conference in August 2017. The conference hosted more than 55 speakers from 12 counties, and was attended by more than 250 people. Members of Edraak updated the board on the progress of their partnership with, which in May 2017 provided QRF with a grant for an Arabic online learning platform catering to K-12 students across the region. On this front, Edraak is working simultaneously on technology and content development, piloting the platform with math for grades 1 to 12. Established by Her Majesty in 2013, QRF aims to be a leading regional resource and incubator for new and innovative ideas and initiatives in education. The foundation’s work is focused on identifying gaps and opportunities for developing new education programs, as well as influencing policy and creating transformational change on the ground.

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Russian leading universities receive more than hundred Jordanian students

[10/1/2017 5:54:30 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Russia’s Rosenergoatom, the world’s No.2 company for nuclear power generating capacities, this month marked its 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century is a long time for an industry as hi-tech as nuclear power, and a look at the results of Rosenergoatom’s operation provides important insights into how much the nuclear power industry has developed over the past 25 years, the corporation said in a statement. The statement also said that Russian leading universities had received more than a hundred nuclear engineering Jordanian graduates and students. Today, Rosenergoatom is Russia’s largest power generation company and the operator of all of Russia’s nuclear power plants, with 35 units and a total generating capacity of 27.9 GWe, added the statement. Since 1992, Rosenergoatom commissioned eight new power units in Russia and extended the service lifetime for a further 25 Russian power units. At present, the electricity generated at all of Russia’s NPPs accounts for nearly a fifth (18.3%) of the country’s total power output, the statement explained. Rosenergoatom is also involved in the construction of eight new nuclear power units in Russia, as well as providing servicing and maintenance for Russia-designed nuclear power plants in 12 countries, from Finland to China. In some of these countries, Rosenergoatom is in fact the local market leader for power generation. Over these past 25 years, the amount of electric power produced by Russia’s nuclear power plants has totalled a massive 3.8 trillion kWh. While the number is impressive on its own, it is far from being Rosenergoatom’s only momentous achievement. In particular, the Russian NPPs load factor has increased from just over 50% to a solid 85.95%. No less important are the advances in safety that have meant that, since 1999, there has not been a single accident at Russian NPPs above Level 1 (the lowest level) on the IAEA’s International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale. Following on these pioneering accomplishments, Rosenergoatom has more ambitious projects in the pipeline, as well as a busy schedule ahead. For one thing, it is to commission two new units at Russian NPPs, which in itself is no small task. For another, it plans to launch its own data centre, which will enable the company to manage its own data processing and storage system. Rosenergoatom is actively developing its programmes in nuclear infrastructure and NPP operating personnel training for partner countries, the latter of which will involve foreign specialists undergoing training at Russian nuclear facilities. By the end of 2017, Rosenergoatom is likely in for another birthday present, as the nuclear power output in Russia is set to hit another record high. These achievements blaze a trail for the global nuclear industry, expanding the limits of what was previously considered possible in terms of building up the world’s nuclear capacities.

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1,470 Saudi women get driving license from Jordan

[10/1/2017 5:48:31 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Around 1,470 Saudi women have received driving licenses from Jordan in the past few years, Jordanian police sources told Okaz. The source said that Saudi women drivers were excellent on the road and adhered to traffic regulations. It has been reported that those women who hold international driving licenses will be exempted from driving license examination in Saudi Arabia. More than 2,000 male and female students are studying in Jordan. Most of the Saudi female students in Jordan said that the decision to allow women to drive will ease many of the problems they face. This step will help the Saudi women in the job market, especially that the biggest problem they face is transportation. Fatima Al-Awami, a student studying medicine in Jordan, said that she learned driving when she was in Jordan because the cost of transportation is very high in Amman. She got her first driving license in 2013. Praising the Royal decree to grant driving license to women, she said: “This decision is historical and will be remembered by many generations to come. I truly thank the King and the Crown Prince for this decision.” Fatima Al-Mahrous, another Saudi female student, received her driving license in 2014. She said, “The decision will benefit many families, especially those women who are being constantly blackmailed by drivers to increase their salary.” Hanan Muhammad, another student, said that she takes the wheel as soon as her husband enters the Jordanian border. She said that driving is very important for women and benefit the family in general. Nur Al-Zahrani sees the decision as good and timely. She does not have a driver’s license, but she will work on getting one in Jordan.

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