Nothing can stop HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan when it comes to championing her country’s education. On Sunday, Her Majesty met with the second graduating class of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), the non-profit educational institute she launched in 2009 to empower educators in Jordan. The royal made the personal visit to acknowledge the teachers and principals graduating under the Teacher Education Professional Diploma (TEPD) for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The Queen, who is the picture of refined elegance, chose a midnight-colored dress from Zara for the occasion, proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a royal. The long-sleeved, high-street design featured a tie waist, and she accessorized the look with a pair of black pumps and a matching handbag. Queen Rania isn’t the only royal who shops from the Spanish fast-fashion retailer either. The Duchess of Cambridge and Spain’s Queen Letizia are both fans.
During a reception that unfolded at the University of Jordan on December 2, the Queen praised the graduates — 477 teachers and 69 principals — noting, “Your presence here today is proof that you didn’t take any shortcuts to get to where you are, because you know that the short route doesn’t always take you far. I have never been the type of person to choose the easiest path, because the shortest way is not necessarily the right one.”
In the thoughtful speech, Queen Rania also expressed her confidence in the skills obtained by the graduating educators. “Hopefully, the graduates of this academy will continue to pioneer the way to raise education to the standard our children deserve,” she noted.
Launched in 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, University of Jordan, and University College London, the TEPD serves to prepare future teachers and principals and ensure that they have the correct training and support with the teaching methods and tools they need to further enrich education in Jordan. The academy hopes to graduate 3,000 teachers by 2021. The royal has long been an advocate for education. Since establishing the QRTA almost 10 years ago, Her Majesty has continued to use the platform to provide access to educational programs for thousands of children across the Middle East.