GTF 2012 Award for Excellence in Global Thinking
The wife of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah is an international advocate, speaking out on behalf of children and youth for their right to a quality education. In Jordan, Queen Rania spearheads initiatives that focus on raising classroom quality, teaching standards, computer access, family involvement, community investment, and health awareness in collaboration with government ministries and agencies. Her Majesty has founded Madrasati, a public-private initiative to refurbish Jordan’s public schools, the Queen Rania Teachers’ Academy, the Queen Rania Teachers’ Award for Excellence in Education, Jordan River Foundation, and Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans. She also currently leads the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) to promote technology in schools. Abroad, Her Majesty works to increase access to quality education, and in her capacity as Eminent Advocate for UNICEF and Honorary Chairperson for UNGEI, she campaigns on behalf of children in need. Queen Rania is also a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and serves on the Board of the United Nations Foundation.