The Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia holds a Family Awareness Community Open Day in Northern Badia

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Under the patronage of Her Highness Sharifa Zein Al Sharaf bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fund and the National Council for Family Affairs was recognized on 19 October 2016. The aim of the agreement is to support the better quality of life for Jordanian families through enabling them to reach higher opportunities, while also maintaining the family structure.. The Family Open Day was held at the School of Prince Ali in the Northern BadiaL Deir AlKahaf

The Fund’s Director, Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, stated that the Fund seeks to promote comprehensive and sustainable development through a range of projects across the Badia area, and to achieve the objective of raising the socio-economic status of the Badia through offering employment and skills growth opportunities. The Fund gave grants to associations that work with families and in childhood development, such as supporting improved education. The Fund has begun a program in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to bolster the English language teaching curriculum for the first three years of schooling across schools in the Badia.

The Secretary General of the National Council for Family affairs, Fadhil Al-Hamoud, stated that the key areas of focus in family development were in providing protection and counseling in children’s issues, as well as highlighting the rights of the elderly. The National Council for Family Affairs is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, President of the Board of Trustees. The Council implements a range of activities, programs and projects in partnership with many government and non-governmental institutions to work to maintain the family unit in Jordan. With its partners, it runs many prominent programs in the Al Mafraq Governorate, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union of Charitable Societies in 2015. An awareness program on domestic and family issues followed this, as well as the opening of the Center for Family Counseling in 2016 in cooperation with the Islamic Centre Society to provide guidance and awareness services for families across the region.

During the Open Day, awareness sessions geared towards children and their families on access to family counseling were provided by the Islamic Center Society. The National Council for Family Affairs provided lectures on the safe use of the Internet, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Department spoke about the negative effects of drugs on the family. The General Directorate of Civil Defense also provided first aid lessons with the Royal Medical Service. The National Library Service with the Schumann library distributed books throughout the day. The event was also supported by local partners including Zain Telecom and Tkiyet Um Ali, through its mobile clinic with the provision of meals for children, and the companies Kenzi and Minawi.