Aqaba Container Terminal adopts two schools under the Madrasati Initiative

Aqaba Container Terminal adopts two schools under the Madrasati Initiative
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Published August 22nd, 2010 - 11:51 GMT

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Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), the Kingdom's prime gateway to the shipping lanes of the Red Sea and beyond, signed an agreement with the Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Initiative - Madrasati to adopt Al Shamilah School for Girls and the Saffiyah Bint Abdul Mutaleb School.

The agreement, which comes as part of ACT's corporate social responsibility strategy, was signed mid-August between the terminal's CEO Klaus Laursen and Mrs. Dana Al Dajani, Madrasati Initiative Director.

Under the agreement, ACT will provide funding for a series of activities that will be organized by Madrasati at both schools. The activities include renovations and improvements to the schools' infrastructure, in addition to providing the necessary resources for the training and habilitation of the teaching staff so as to help them adopt more modern approaches to education. This will contribute to a wholesome educational environment where students can thrive and achieve their full potential.

This agreement comes to reaffirm ACT's commitment to collaborating with various civil society organizations toward improving the lives of Jordanians throughout the Kingdom, especially when it comes to Jordan's future generations.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement, ACT's CEO Klaus Laursen stressed the company's dedication to initiatives that seek to make Jordan a better home for all. "We see in this agreement a social activity that falls in line with our long-term objective at Aqaba, which is to transform the city into a premium regional investment hub by leveraging on its many advantages," says Laursen. "In that regard, it becomes paramount to invest in and develop our future generations, who are a key element in the city's growth, by elevating and improving their educational systems and environments."

ACT had adopted Al Shamilah School for Girls, which offers education for all schooling stages, in 2006. The Saffiyah Bint Abdul Mutaleb School, adopted by ACT for the first time, offers education to students between the 1st and 5th grades.

The Madrasati Initiative was launched by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2008 with the objective of securing better educational environments for 500 public schools around the Kingdom suffering from limited resources and weak infrastructures. The initiative achieves its objectives by drawing on the support of private and public organizations around the Kingdom.

ACT is a world-class port serving as a major gateway for transit cargo moving to and from countries throughout the region as well as for the Jordanian market. APM Terminals, a global port operator and part of the well-known A.P. Møller–Maersk Group, manages, operates and markets the terminal under a 25-year concession agreement with the Aqaba Development Company. 

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