Queen Rania Talks Education and Innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012


Originally posted on Recurso International’s blog, check out the original, HERE.

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“Technology is not only for the individual, it’s for humanity.”

I adore Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

Like my idol the late Princess Diana of Wales, Queen Rania sees beyond wealth, extravagance and the fact that she’s royalty.

She seeks to help those in need, strives for positive changes and believes that education, having heart and using the worlds assets can lead to a better, brighter and healthier tomorrow for the world’s next generation.

This week, here in New York, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah joined President Bill Clinton, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Young Kim at the eight annual Clinton Global Initiative.

The opening panel, held on Sunday September 23, entitled “Designing for Impact,” focused on the how citizens of the world could cultivate an environment where their lives and the lives of those around them can serve as vehicles for change.

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“We need to focus on the future to shift gears immediately, from dissecting the past to designing the future.”

Queen Rania spoke about the need to cultivate today’s technological advances and innovations in order to address the globe’s fundamental deficiencies and she stressed that the world need to find ways to utilize small ideas (and businesses) to implement greater global ideas:

“One of the most yawning gaps that you see in the Arab world is youth unemployment and I think that doesn’t just apply to the Arab world, it applies to the whole world.”

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Education, which has always been an important part of Her Majesty’s campaign for growth in the Arab world and internationally, was also addressed.

She reiterated her belief that educational systems need to be re-engineered to narrow the gap between “education outcomes” and the global market’s call for more specialized skilled laborers (in the larger picture closing the North-South Divide).

For those of you unaware, the North-South Divide is a similar belief to “The West and the rest.”

It’s the socio-economic (and political) belief that the world had inherent divisions between wealthy developed nations (“the North” or also called the “Global North”) and Third World or developing nations (“the South” or also called the “Global South.”)

While, it’s true that most of the “North” nations do exists in the Northern Hemisphere (for example, Australia and New Zealand are in the Southern Hemisphere), the actual gap or “divide” is not entirely defined by a country’s geography.

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Her Majesty’s sentiments on the call for using technology and setting forth an education revolution were echoed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon who said,

“We need to harness technology, and we really need to lead by learning, because education is absolutely fundamental.”


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