World-renowned human rights and education advocate Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was today named recipient of the 2010 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award by The Tech Museum. The Global Humanitarian Award is part of the museum's international program, The Tech Awards, which honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. Queen Rania spoke at a morning reception held at Microsoft Corporation's headquarters in Redmond, Wash, where it was announced that she would receive the award at The Tech Awards Tenth Annual Gala, in Santa Clara, Calif, on November 6.
Queen Rania was selected to receive the Global Humanitarian Award for her leadership and efforts in protecting human rights around the world. She has led a relentless campaign for broader access to schools and higher quality education for children, especially girls. Her Majesty will be honored on November 6, in Santa Clara, Calif., at the Santa Clara Convention Center during The Tech Awards gala, an annual celebration presented by Applied Materials. In addition to the humanitarian award, 15 laureates will be honored at the gala for creating innovative technology solutions to address some of the most urgent issues facing our planet.
"I am honored to be the recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award and to be recognized for work that I believe in so deeply," Queen Rania said. "In a world gripped by economic crisis, conflict and contagious disease, education can be a path to growth, a boost to public health and a stepping stone toward peace. It's the best investment we can make to help people lift themselves out of poverty."
Queen Rania is considered one of the world's most influential women and has held prominent roles such as Eminent Advocate for The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Honorary Chairperson for The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI). Campaigning around the globe on behalf of children, she works to encourage organizations to improve classroom quality, teaching standards, computer access, community investment, and health awareness. In Jordan, she has led initiatives to refurbish local schools and inspire teachers. Her organization, The Jordan River Foundation (JRF), is highly regarded for its success in advocating for children and giving families the skills to work themselves out of poverty and become self sufficient.
"As a champion for those in need and a powerful force in making education a reality for children everywhere, Queen Rania is an inspiring and deserving recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. "Together with Queen Rania, the museum is proud to shine a bright, global light on the importance of lifelong learning as key to addressing critical issues affecting our lives and our world."
The first Global Humanitarian Award in 2004 was James C. Morgan, now Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, who championed the belief that technology can be a tool to turn ideas into solutions to improve people's lives. The award, subsequently named for its first recipient, has also recognized former Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore; Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates; Intel co-founder Gordon Moore; Freeplay Foundation founder Kristine Pearson; and pioneer of micro credit and founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus.
"Queen Rania's commitment to education has created countless opportunities for children in Jordan and around the world," said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. "She embodies the spirit of the Global Humanitarian Award through her dedication to improving the lives of others. Her accomplishments are truly remarkable in scope and scale."
"As the education category sponsor for The Tech Awards, we are delighted to join in honoring Her Majesty for her steadfast commitment and contribution to making quality education accessible to all, " said Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation.
The Tech Museum in association with the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University established The Tech Awards program in 2000 in partnership with presenting sponsor Applied Materials to celebrate technology and innovation benefiting humanity. Since then, the program has recognized 215 laureates whose creative applications of technology tackle crucial issues in the five following areas: environment, economic development, education, equality and health. A major corporation or foundation sponsors each category: Environment (Intel); Economic Development (BD Biosciences); Education (Microsoft); Equality (The Swanson Foundation), and Health (Nokia).
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The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.
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