Queen Rania Honors Schools for Promoting Health-Conscious Practices
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
honored sixty-seven schools as recipients of the Healthy Schools National Accreditation for the
academic year 2015-2016.
Under the patronage of Her Majesty, the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) held an
interactive two-day workshop at Al Bayader Secondary Vocational School for Girls to publically
recognize the past academic yearís accredited schools.
The project aims to foster health conscious environments within Jordanian schools by ensuring
their adherence to national health standards.
In the presence of the Minister of Health, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sheyab, and the Minister of
Education, Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz, the Queen congratulated the accredited schools, commending
their efforts in elevating their studentsí well-being and positively impacting their home and
Her Majesty said that the programís success has been a collaborative effort resting on several
parties, including, schools, parents, the local community, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry
of Education, and RHAS.
She also underlined the importance of continuously reviving these accomplishments and
enlarging the circle of success to encompass a greater number of participating schools.
The Queen commenced her visit with a stop at a healthy food preparation station headed by
Chef Jamie Oliverís Super Ambassador, Chef Mira Jarrar. Her Majesty observed Chef Jarrar
introduce the girls to basic healthy food preparation methods, and arbitrate a friendly
competition between them.
The schoolís teachers were invited to join Her Majesty in a brief and informal discussion on the
necessity of promoting healthier practices within Jordanian schools, voicing their support of
RHASís accreditation program and the benefits reaped as a result.
Parents and guardians also partook in a separate discussion with The Queen. A number of
member-parents of the schoolís health committee highlighted their roles in advocating the
programís objectives and complementing the schoolís efforts by maintaining similar health
standards at home.
RHAS Director General, Hanin Odeh, delivered remarks followed by a video reflecting back on
the programís interactive workshop that was held at the school. Attendees including teachers,
local community members, and school staff were given the opportunity to share their personal
experiences with the program, and encourage others present to consider adopting its practices.
The Healthy Schools National Accreditation program was first implemented by RHAS in 2008 in
partnership with the ministries of health and education.
Depending on their overall accreditation scores and the duration of their participation in the
program, schools are recognized as recipients of either the bronze, silver, or gold levels of
Of the 67 schools that were honored, 8 received the gold accreditation, 19 received the silver
accreditation, and 40 received the bronze accreditation.