Jordan’s Queen Rania attended the “Arabic Language Learning Standards for Native Speakers” document launch session at the fourth annual Teacher Skills Forum, hosted by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), where she was briefed on the project, its accomplishments to date, and the schools that have piloted the standards.
The project aims to establish a set of standards and teaching/learning indicators for Arabic language instruction to enhance the comprehension and retention of students from kindergarten through twelfth grade (K–12).
The standards were developed by QRTA following a pilot study conducted across several Arabic-speaking countries. They are not specific to any country, region, or educational system but rather are general criteria for Arabic native speakers to learn their language regardless of their social demographic or geographic region.
After the session, the queen met with the forum’s key education sponsor, the U.S.-based Follett Corporation, and discussed a possible partnership to transform K–12 education in Jordan and create custom educational content for Jordanian students.
In a second meeting with forum speakers and guests, Queen Rania met with International Baccalaureate director Carolyn Adams, Tina Blythe and Amin Marei from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Bath professor Mary Hayden, and co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology Alan November.
Queen Rania focuses on education and children’s welfare at both local and global levels. She has founded schools, launched nonprofit organizations, written children’s books, and taught classes.