Jordanian organization honored by Austrian Envoy after receiving Intercultural Achievement Award

[08-11-2022 10:54 AM]

Ammon News - Austrian Ambassador to Jordan, Oskar Wustinger, on Monday honored the Jordanian organization "Puppets World" for winning the Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) in the category Technology.

A statement by the Embassy on Tuesday said that the IAA is a key project of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. It honors successful and innovative civil society projects in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, both in Austria and on a global scale.

"The seven winning projects in 2022 were selected from more than 180 submissions worldwide and came from France, India, Jordan, Morocco, Austria and South Africa," it added, noting that the award-winning Jordanian mobile puppet theater aims to raise children’s awareness of social, behavioral, emotional and cultural issues regardless of their social background or geographical origin.

Puppets World focuses on integration and teaching values such as tolerance and compassion in a playful and entertaining way.

Co-founder Rami Bader - together with one of his puppets - received the award at the ceremony in Vienna on Tuesday, October 18th, on behalf of the Puppets World team. In his speech, he emphasized the important values the organization’s work conveys to children: "This puppet has been my tool to teach children about coexistence and accepting differences, regardless of their gender, social class, color, religion and culture. The IAA award will help us continue our work with passion and love."

At the reception in Amman, which was attended by Minister of Education Azmi Mahafzah, the Austrian Ambassador congratulated the team and appreciated their work: "Your admirable work and innovative approach is putting smiles on children’s faces."

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