The University of Westminster London joined Changing Lives for our 14th program in late April 2018. This program also featured three-way cooperation between British, Jordanian and Iraqi students. The students’ shared experiences and their complementary skill-sets were brought to the fore through several memorable experiences at different sites throughout Jordan.
One of the most memorable points of the trip was the unexpected pleasure of teaching English to the enthusiastic children and youth at the Princess Basma Centre in Karak. Karak has suffered since the tragic events of Christmas 2016 and our visit highlighted the fact that stereotypes and media could not define the town and its people. The warmth and authenticity shared by all left a lasting impression. The enthusiasm and generosity of the students and volunteers at the Princess Basma Centre was greatly appreciated and we hope to return again to build on the relationship.
Westminster student Katherine Cenaj said:
“… I can say with confidence it is the best journey I have ever made. I have broken free from my Western bubble and I couldn’t be happier. For all of us it has opened our eyes to the truth of the Middle East, picking up knowledge from street vendors to students …”
The trip was also our fourth with the University of Westminster London, and the university marked the occasion by awarding Dr Majid AlSadi with an honorary doctorate of letters. The award was announced at a formal dinner held in support of the programs with the attendance of HRH Princess Wijdan, HRH Princess Rym Ali, HRH Princess Rajwa bint Ali, H.E. UK Ambassador to Jordan Edward Oakden, and H.E Minister for Investment Muhanned Shehadeh.
The award represents Dr AlSadi’s ongoing commitment to improving cross-cultural communication and his belief in the positive outcomes it holds for all. Changing Lives thanks all participants