September 3, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Belgian Royals in Singapore

Posted in: Belgium

For the second leg of their south Asian economic tour, Belgium’s crown princely couple went to Singapore. There, Philippe and Mathilde continued making diplomatic ties, promoting Belgian businesses, and touring the city state. mathilde orchid 300x199 Belgian Royals in Singapore

First, while Philippe attended business meetings, Crown Princess Mathilde went on a cultural tour of Singapore. She visited the La Salle College of the Arts where students performed a dance for her. Mathilde then went to the Singapore Botanical Garden, where she was shown a yellow orchid named after her.

Later in the evening, Philippe and Mathilde went to a dinner at the Shangri-La hotel.

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On Friday, at the same hotel, Crown Prince Philippe helped honor Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman of Keppel Corporation, at an award ceremony and reception for Mr. Lim. Philippe is the honorary chairmen for Belgium’s Agency for Foreign Trade.

Philippe also took time to inspect the honor guard at the Istana or presidential palace in the city republic, accompanied by by Acting Prime Minister S. Jayakumar.

The crown princely couple will stay in Singapore until Saturday.

Queen Rania to Launch Principal Award

Posted in: Jordan

She honors Jordan’s teachers, so why not honor the principals who run the country’s schools?  rania principals 300x192 Queen Rania to Launch Principal Award

Queen Rania announced on Thursday that she will be launching the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Distinguished Principals, which will begin next year.

The Queen, an tireless advocate for education, said this during a ceremony to honor winners of the Queen Rania Award for Distinguished Teachers, held in the port city of Aqaba.

In her remarks, Rania said there are many distinguished teachers in Jordan but there are others in the country’s schools who overlook the element of actual education in the teaching process.

An example of this would be the increasing violence in Jordanian schools.

“We should not, however, ignore the fact that some parents fail to prevent their children from reacting with physical attacks, bad language and insult. Regrettably, in our schools there are increasing cases of beating students and beating teachers, so where is education in such a teaching process?” the Queen told the gathering, which brought about an array of teachers, academicians and officials from the educational sector.

“We call on this responsible and distinguished gathering of teachers, principals and officials not to turn a blind eye to what is happening. You should care for the psychological injuries, which might be invisible to us, but remain hard to cure,” the Queen added.

rania teachers 300x213 Queen Rania to Launch Principal AwardQueen Rania went on to say during the three years of the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, there have been comprehensive national efforts to improve the educational sector.

Minister of Education Tayseer Nueimi underlined “the success of the award in achieving its educational and social goals, particularly after the vision behind it was made clear to teachers, boosting their morale and encouraging more enthusiasm among them for the profession”.

The minister added that the award also presented teachers with the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences in an environment of excellence.

Nueimi noted that out of the ministry’s support for the award, it has promoted the 23 winners.

At the end of the ceremony, Queen Rania presented the winners with plaques and certificates, and also honoured contestants who made it to the final stages without winning the top prizes.