AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Wednesday joined the Madrasati initiative in honouring their volunteers in Amman.
Her Majesty heard from volunteers about their experiences in working with Madrasati to help improve the educational environment in their local schools and implement an array of extracurricular activities for students.
The Queen commended the volunteers’ efforts, and stressed that volunteerism is at the core of Madrasati’s values and an essential factor in the success of its efforts, according to a statement released by her office.
Through its volunteers, the initiative aims at creating a sense of community and shared responsibility amongst schools’ stakeholders such as parents, teachers, students and community members.
The Madrasati Volunteers Programme was launched at the end of 2009 to encourage the spirit of community service, responsibility and initiative the statement said.
The programme includes volunteers from the public sector, university students and the local community.
To date, Madrasati has 650 volunteers from diverse backgrounds and of all ages. They dedicated 500 hours of their time during the academic year to conduct 90 events in 170 schools across the Kingdom.
The volunteers were also involved in the Madrasati summer and winter camps.
In addition to 100 schools that are part of the ongoing Phase V in the northern Governorate of Irbid, 400 schools have been part of the Madrasati initiative across the Kingdom to date, affecting the lives of more than 138,000 students.
Since its launch in 2008, the initiative has developed an effective education model that works alongside the government, with 90 private sector companies, 10 NGOs and five governmental departments.
Although Madrasati continues to adapt its work according to each school, the five core principles that have guided the initiative have remained the same: partnership, local ownership, student focus, transparency and volunteerism.