Queen attends health open-day in Irbid school

[16-09-2013 05:07 PM]

Ammon News - IRBID (Petra) Emphasizing the importance of healthy practices in schools, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Monday attended part of a health open-day held by the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) at Khadeeja Um El Mo'mineen School for Girls in Kufr Youba, Irbid.

At the school, which was granted the gold-level accreditation in RHAS's Healthy Schools Program, Queen Rania spoke with teachers, students, parents and several members of the local community taking part in the event. The activities included a series of lectures tackling health topics such as nutrition, smoking, diabetes, first aid, and many others. Students also participated in a number of interactive activities such as reading stories and playing games. Free medical tests such as blood glucose level and hemoglobin tests were also conducted for the local community.

Her Majesty stopped by a first-aid lecture teaching parents how they can prevent domestic accidents. She also attended part of a session on the negative effects of smoking and secondhand smoking which was prepared by the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC). Other activities at the open-day included sessions and workshops to raise students' awareness about extinguishing fires, drugs and addiction. The Queen then checked on different classes at the school and had the chance to talk to a number of teachers and students at the beauty and hair dressing class and the culinary production class.

Today's event was held by RHAS in cooperation with a number of nonprofit organizations and companies that represent the private sector such as KHCC, MED Labs, Nestle, Colgate, Roche, and Sada’ for Consulting and Training.

School Principal Siham Al Shorman talked about the positive effects RHAS's Healthy School Accreditation Program had on teachers, students, and local communities. She added that this program is implemented in Jordanian schools in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. Director of Education Directorate in Irbid Ali Al Momani, praised the program and the role it plays in highlighting schools' success stories and promoting healthy practices amongst students and parents. He also wished other schools across the kingdom would be part of RHAS's program.

RHAS Director General Inaam Barishi said that Khadeeja Um El Mo'meneen School for Girls is one of five schools in Irbid that received the gold-level accreditation in the Healthy School Accreditation Program. She added that in Irbid two other schools received the silver-level accreditation and five others received the bronze-level accreditation.

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