After attending her son, Prince Hussein’s graduation from Georgetown University on Saturday in Washington D.C., Queen Rania Al Abdullah recently returned home to Jordan where she paid a visit to a secondary girls school.
Her visit to the Safout Secondary School for Girls is to mark the 70th anniversary of Jordan’s Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of the great Arab Revolt. Whilst at the school, Her Majesty watched students perform and sing national songs. She also toured an exhibition created by the girls which featured displays of mosaic, pottery, and woven hand-crafts.
The Safout Secondary School is run by the Ministry of Education and has 230 students. Most of the students participate in the “Madrasati” program, an initiative to teach children life skills and values with a view to making them active and useful members of their community.
The teachers at Safout have also benefited from Queen Rania’s passion for education, taking part in the Queen Rania Teacher Academy training courses and participating in the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education. The Queen was joined on her visit by the school’s Principal, Maha Asfour.
Queen Rania took to social media, posting a photo of her visit with the caption: “A wonderful visit today to Safout Secondary School for girls to celebrate the Kingdom’s 70th anniversary of Independence Day.”
Like other countries who obtained their independence, Jordan’s Independence Day is a national holiday. The country officially became an independent nation on May 25th, 1946 when it broke away from Great Britain. This is a significant public holiday each year when universities and other academic institutions organise round-tables and symposiums focused on specific themes surrounding this freedom. Events are held around the country to mark this special day in the country’s history.
Churches and other religious institutions arrange special services since freedom and liberty of religion is widely appreciated by all Jordanians. His Majesty, King Abdullah II is greeted during a ceremony held by the Greek Orthodox Church. There is a great celebration over the skies of Amman when fireworks are set off at night.
This day is also one of reflection for Jordan’s people as they remember the fight of the previous generation to gain this cherished independence and liberty, and develop the country for generations to come.