HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has a well-documented track record of supporting the Arab community, whether by her sartorial choices or through her various charitable initiatives. Her on-going mission to nurture Arab talent saw the launch of The Queen Rania Award for Education Entrepreneurship in the Arab World in 2018, an award that recognizes the achievements and potential of home-grown businesses working to improve education systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
On Monday, The Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) announced the winners of the annual competition, which awards grants to three Arab startups at the forefront of educational reform to support their future growth and impact ambitions. The winners include Amman-based Jordanian startup Little Thinking Minds, Lebanese startup KamKalima, and Jordanian startup, Hello World Kids. The winners were chosen over 400 applications, and were selected for “their commitment to addressing at-scale learning challenges that matter to the region’s future prosperity and well-being”.
Coming in first place, Little Thinking Minds is an education technology company that creates advanced digital solutions and resources for school children. Meanwhile, KamKalima is a kindergarten to grade 12 school platform that supports the teaching and learning of the Arabic language. Hello World Kids, which earned third place in the competition, specializes in teaching computer and mobile programming for children, starting in elementary.
Speaking on the competition, CEO of QRF, Bassem Saad stated: “This competition has proven to be a success, for not only was it launched to recognize entrepreneurial achievements in the education sector, but to ask – are we doing enough to support these innovators? Hopefully, with competitions like these, we can strategize future collaborations with education startups in the Arab world and collectively push the wheel of education reform.”