Queen Rania visits Fort St

25 November 2016

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan visited students and teachers at Fort Street Public School to see firsthand the school's education entrepreneurship program.

Her Majesty was joined by the NSW Premier's wife, Kerryn Baird, talking to students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in schools. They also attended a school assembly and a Kidpreneur Market Day.

Her Majesty and her husband, King Abdullah Il Ibn Al Hussein, are on their first official visit to Australia at the invitation of the Governor-General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

The visit to Fort Street Public School was proposed to Her Majesty because of her interest in young people, education and technology. In 2013 she established the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in Jordan.

Fort Street's Principal Michele Peel-Yates said she was delighted to welcome Her Majesty and enjoyed showing her how NSW public schools are focusing on skills students will need in the future.

Queen of Jordan, Fort St Public School ©SaltyDingo
"It's an honour to have Her Majesty visit our school, the students are very excited to meet her and to show her their entrepreneurial skills," Ms Peel-Yates said.

"Our students aged from 10 to 12 started their own micro-businesses three months ago as part of an entrepreneurship education program.

"We're participating in this program with Club Kidpreneur to work with enterprising schools to provide a deeper, industry-enriching experience for students and teachers.

"This year all our Year 6 students participated in the Kidpreneur Challenge program."

Club Kidpreneur Foundation is a national not-for-profit social enterprise that provides entrepreneurial experiences for children.


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