Kindergarten by the Request of a Queen

Kindergarten by the Request of a Queen
Inside of the Arabic book picturing the Queen.


Top: Inside of the Arabic book picturing the Queen.

Queen Raina Al-Abdullah of Jordan prizes education, beginning at the earliest ages.

One of her goals is to introduce kindergarten throughout her country. UW-Stout is there to help.


The queen appointed Huda Muasher, founder of Iman’s Early Learning Center and a member of Jordan’s team on child development, to develop and coordinate the program. Muasher contacted Judy Herr ’65, of the School of Education, to translate Herr’s book, “Working with Young Children,” into Arabic to prepare Jordanian trainers and kindergarten teachers. The text already has been translated into Chinese and Spanish.

Education faculty members Herr and Karen Zimmerman worked with Deanna Applehans ’71 in Outreach Services to pilot the needed courses and to assist with the book’s translation. Students in Jordan use the translated text and earn continuing education credits through UW-Stout.

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