Paris, 17 September – Cooperation between UNESCO and Jordan was on top of the agenda during talks between Queen Rania and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, when they met at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters today.
Jordan works closely with the Organization in all of its fields of action, especially the right to education, and, in recent times, the provision of education and skills development to Syrian refugee children and youth in the country.
The Director-General welcomed Queen Rania to the Organization and expressed her appreciation for Jordan’s continuing support for UNESCO and the many initiatives being implemented in partnership with the Organization.
During their meeting they discussed the growing role of information technologies in education. Emphasizing the growing pressures on schools because of instability in the Arab region, Queen Rania expressed the intention to focus on education via the internet.
"Our part of the world heavily relies on internet and social media: let's make their life more useful by giving them contents,” stressed Queen Rania. "Working with UNESCO will be very useful to us delivering results".
"We have to do something now for the foundations because this is our future generations that will be at a loss," she continued.
The Director-General outlined UNESCO’s work in this area, particularly in the development of mobile learning technologies and through the Broadband Commission for Digital development, of which Mrs Bokova is Vice-Chair.
Jordan has been a UNESCO Member State since 1950. There are six UNESCO Chairs based in its universities; two Biosphere Reserves; four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one inscription on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage lists.