AMMAN, Jordan (September 2014): In line with their role as ambassadors of excellence and leaders of their communities, several winners of the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Distinguished Teacher/Principal organized the “My School Backpack” project. The project which took place between the 12th and 16th of August, ahead of the back-to-school season, collected donations of stationery and other school supplies for students and schools in underprivileged areas .
The project is one of the many distinguished educators’ initiatives as Queen Rania Award ambassadors, reflecting the distinguished educators’ desire to fulfill their role as community leaders .
The organizers received stationery, textbooks, school uniforms and other new as well as used supplies needed by students. About 603 students in different governorates benefited from this project.
Teachers stressed the importance of such projects in enabling all children to receive a proper education, noting that many underprivileged families are unable to provide their kids with the basic school supplies. They also highlighted the project’s social impact in promoting social solidarity among community members .
“I found out about ‘My School Backpack’ project through Facebook. I liked the concept and came today to offer a simple donation to this wonderful project, through which I hope I will be able to assist our students at school,” one donor said .
A number of educators, parents and students also commended the initiative .
School counselor Walaa Bustanji said the project is a humanitarian initiative that carries a great value, while student Sahar Jaafrah said it has a great social impact and promotes solidarity .
Other donors called for implementing the project on an annual basis .
Commenting on the project, QRAE Director Ms. Lubna Touqan said distinguished teachers and principals have proven once more that their role is not confined to the classroom; rather, it extends beyond the school to the wider society. They are leaders within their own communities and ambassadors of excellence .
Commending their ability to organize nationwide activities, Ms. Touqan added: “Despite this project’s simplicity, it will instill confidence among many students heading to school this academic year, as they go to class fully prepared, with their stationery at their disposal and without having to worry about any expenses ”.
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