U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at the Queen Rania Teacher Academy

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For Immediate Release

Friday, March 29, 2019
Office of Press Relations
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March 27, 2019
University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Thank you, Your Majesty. So, first off, I would like to acknowledge Your Majesty's inspired leadership. I think you have not only been a great role model and inspirational leader for young people here in Jordan, but throughout the region, and indeed all around the world. We have truly appreciated the partnership between our two countries. I often say that the purpose of our foreign assistance must be ending its need to exist, and so our goal is to help you lead your future, and to help provide tools for your young people to help lead your bright future. And I think this new partnership with the Academy is wonderful. I think it will extend the skills, the training, but also the professional rewards for teachers, as you have pointed out, not simply here in Amman, but from around the country. And I will say I had the opportunity to speak with Her Majesty off to the side, and you can tell when someone is truly passionate about a topic. And you are truly passionate about -- my daughter is a teacher, is a public school teacher, and so I will say to her tonight that I finally got to do something which she can truly be proud of, and she will celebrate. But we indeed look forward to the continued partnership working with you. This is an opportunity, I think, to build a brighter future, and a new generation of Jordanian leaders. And, as you've pointed out, since the population of your citizens is so young, this is precisely the time to intervene and to equip them with the tools and the inspiration. So, again, it's great to be with you, and I want to congratulate you on another great chapter in your leadership and your contributions.