27.08.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO and Queen Rania Teacher Academy sign Memorandum of Understanding

©UNESCO AMMANSigning of Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and Queen Rania Teacher Academy

Cooperation in Teacher Professional Development Policy and Training of Trainers initiatives will be strengthened.

The United Nations for Education, Sciences, Culture and Communications Organization (UNESCO), represented by its Amman Office, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Thursday August 16 with the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), to outline areas of cooperation between the two institutions in order to strengthen teachers’ professional development in Jordan and the region.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mr. Haif Bannayan, CEO of the QRTA and Mr. Claude Akpabie, Education Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Office in Amman. The signing took place at UNESCO Office in Amman, Jordan.

The MoU comes in line with Her Majesty Queen Rania’s and QRTA’s vision to promote excellence in teacher education in the kingdom, and provide Jordanian educators with top of the line training.

The MoU has outlined UNESCO and QRTA’s partnership on various projects in the areas of Teacher Professional Development Policy and Training of Trainers initiatives spelling out main areas of cooperation between the two institutions in setting up a regional clearinghouse on teacher professional development policies.

Further areas of strengthened cooperation include: Technical support to the Jordan Ministry of Education to strengthen its teacher professional development and its training of trainers policy, the development and implementation of in-service pedagogical training modules for teachers in critical areas such as teaching students with learning difficulties, gender-sensitive teaching practices, inclusive education teaching approaches, active learning and child-centred pedagogy, effective uses of ICTs in classrooms, education for sustainable development and teaching strategies in emergency contexts.

“This Memorandum of Understanding offers a win-win partnership framework between both institutions and addresses some of the most challenging issues affecting teacher training and professional development in Jordan,” said UNESCO’s Amman Education Programme Specialist, Mr. Claude Akpabie. He stated that QRTA is a “vibrant organization on whose national and regional reputation UNESCO relies to promote effective innovative teaching pedagogies and practices”.

QRTA CEO, Haif Bannayan, affirmed that “signing this MOU is a celebration of the long-term strategic partnership QRTA is proud to build with UNESCO on all areas pertinent to teachers’ wellbeing; whether it was on the policy level, or on the creation and delivery of quality training.” He also expressed hope that “the Memorandum will help QRTA effectively fulfill its role on both the local and regional levels, and will provide the support necessary for UNESCO.”

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), launched under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2009, is an independent nonprofit institution committed to advancing Her Majesty’s vision of empowering teachers, supervisors and principals with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel at both the classroom and school levels. QRTA also offers training and professional development programmes, to meet the demands of the educational sector, both in Jordan and the region.

For further information please contact Claude Akpabie, c.akpabie(at)unesco.org




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