Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday attended the official launch of “Karim and Jana”, a free mobile application developed by the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) to promote early childhood education. Designed for Arabic-speaking children between the ages of three and six, “Karim and Jana” features five fun and educational games, through which children can develop their mathematical, linguistic and social skills. The mobile application provides parents with a free learning resource that increases their children’s readiness for school during their formative years. The launch took place at the Children’s Museum Jordan (CMJ), where Queen Rania was welcomed by QRF CEO, Haifa Al Attia, and CMJ director, Sawsan Dalaq. Her Majesty joined a group of mothers from across Jordan for an awareness session, which emphasised the importance of early childhood education as well as parents’ role in shaping their children’s personality and learning skills. Research has shown that more than a third of children in Jordan between the ages of three and six have never been taught letters, numbers, or words, and more than a third of mothers in Jordan do not read to children under the age of five. The launch of QRF’s first mobile application comes as part of its support of the National Strategy for Human Resource Development, which outlines national priorities, including early childhood education and development, for implementation by the ministries of education and social development, in collaboration with NGOs and the private sector. “Karim and Jana” is available for free download for Android from Google Play and for iOS from the App Store.