Queen Rania Foundation
- Region of Impact
- Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia
- Total funding
- $3,000,000 USD
- Funding began in
Increasing access to high-quality K-12 educational resources for Arabic-speaking students and educators.
What they do
The Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) was established by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2013. It aims to improve opportunities for children and young people across the Arab world and equip them with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and values that will allow them to excel in a fast-paced and competitive world. Through its affiliations and initiatives, QRF aims to push the boundaries of education across the region within and beyond the classroom, and to promote positive change and counter the stagnation and decline of quality education and learning outcomes.
How we're helping
While access to primary and secondary education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has increased significantly in the past 10 years, improved access to education has not always been coupled with improvements in quality and learning outcomes. Moreover, ongoing turbulence in the region, and the ensuing refugee crisis, have dealt major setbacks to advances in access to education, setting the region back on both counts. An estimated 13 million MENA children, equivalent to 40% of the school age population, are missing out on an education because of conflict and displacement. The refugee crisis has strained existing education systems in host countries, like Jordan and Lebanon that have taken in large numbers of refugee students, compromising the quality of education offered to both local and refugee children.
With grant support from Google.org and technical assistance from Google volunteers with UX and software development expertise, the Queen Rania Foundation has created an online learning platform for Arabic open educational resources targeting K-12 students and their educators across the MENA region. By designing and producing new content in Arabic and ensuring its dissemination directly to learners and educators, QRF will provide new opportunities for students to access learning in their native language, significantly increasing the amount of digital education content available in Arabic and supporting Arabic content creators. Edraak's K-12 platform and resources will be particularly impactful for organizations and education systems serving the influx of refugees and other displaced populations in the MENA region and beyond as they test new approaches to reaching students.