On Monday, 174 trainee teachers were awarded the Teacher Education Professional Diploma and 33 principals were awarded with advanced diplomas at a ceremony at the Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan.
The graduates are the first cohort of students to emerge from the new Queen Rania Teaching Academy and the first to gain the TEPD and AILPD qualifications which have been recently introduced by the queen in her bid to transform the education system in Jordan.
Queen Rania al Abdullah was at Monday’s ceremony and said in a speech that the graduations were ‘a long-awaited Jordanian accomplishment’ and she hopes that the new qualifications will transform teaching from a job into a career.
Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan only began to overhaul the Jordanian education system a year ago after addressing the failings in the system. With pride, the queen was able to express at the ceremony that ‘today, I say with much pride, we willed and we acted’. Whilst the education system in Jordan was recently described as a ‘wilted tree’, it is now clear that things are rapidly improving due the Queen Rania Teaching Academy.
The University College London, England and Connecticut University in the United States have both assisted the QRTA in setting up the new diplomas but students receive their awards from The University of Jordan. The new diplomas were introduced last year as part of the wider National Strategy for Human Resources Development in Jordan which was introduced to improve education for both adults and children. The minister of education Dr Omar Al Razzaz also spoke at the event, calling the new qualifications a key part of the ‘modernisation process’ in the country.
A second group of students have recently started their studies at the academy, with the intake this year at a staggering 500 students.