AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah joined the Royal Health Awareness Society’s (RHAS) Capacity Building Open Day on Sunday, where 375 Jordanian principals and teachers took part in a number of health-related workshops and interactive sessions.
The event was organized in recognition of the 108 schools that received the Healthy Schools National Accreditation for the 2016-2017 academic year, with the aim of improving awareness of health-conscious practices among educators.
Accompanied by RHAS Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Rami Farraj, and RHAS Director General, Hanin Odeh, Her Majesty stopped by several workshops focusing on effective change management, school nutrition programs, utilization of health education technologies, and the role of physical activity in preventing diseases. Educators also took part in sessions on topics such as time management, community mobilization, and enhancing schools’ role in tobacco control.
The event included a ceremony, attended by Minister of Education Omar Razzaz, to celebrate last year’s recipients of the Healthy Schools National Accreditation, of whom 17 received the gold accreditation, 30 the silver, and 61 the bronze. In addition, eight schools were awarded ‘Health Competency’ status, allowing them to re-enrol in the program for the next academic year.
In an address, Odeh reaffirmed RHAS’ commitment to help transform schools into healthier education environments, and highlighted benefits of joining Healthy Schools and actively participating in its events and programs.
Established by RHAS in 2008, Healthy Schools is a national accreditation program implemented in partnership with the ministries of health and education.
Focusing on public and preventive health education, the program aims to create health-promoting environments within Jordanian schools, reflecting positively on student’s physical and social development, as well as their academic performance.
To date, the program has trained 1,800 teachers and principals on national health standards, and 77 health initiatives have been implemented with the support of the schools’ community members.
RHAS, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, was established in 2005 to promote health awareness and to empower Jordanians to adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviours. Targeting schoolchildren, youth, and the community at large, RHAS aims to instil the foundations of preventive healthcare, which ultimately contributes to the wellbeing and safety of Jordanian society.