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November 08, 2019 Friday 11:36:55 AM IST

Intisar Al-Bdour Empowering Girl Students with Scientific, Analytical Skills

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Intisar, 39 has worked at a variety of schools in Shoubak and as principal of Amnah Bint Wahab Mixed Elementary School, she has been pursuing new and innovative ideas to empower female students with scientific, analytical and critical thinking skills.She believes in the value of universal education, and takes it upon herself to challenge stereotypes while limiting the influence of social traditions in education. Intisar has encouraged families to let their daughters complete elementary school and further pursue their education away from their village of Faisaliyah. 
Intisar feels that once female students are well-educated, they can create change in their communities. “I am pretty sure they will go back to their village with their bachelor degrees and their motivation spreading from themselves to their families”. 
Intisar has been working hard to positively influence female students’ academic achievement as well as their commitment to education. “Many girls did not go to school, or they dropped out because their families are  struggling financially  while other families  are  still subscribing to social customs and traditions that dismiss the importance of girls’ education.” 
She has been trained as a principal and teacher by the UNESCO-Media Diversity Institute and Jordanian Media Institute (JMI) joint initiative. The training, a part of the EU-funded “Youth Empowerment” project, helped teachers develop their understanding of MIL and learn about adopting interactive teaching methods for their schools. Furthermore, the training empowered them with critical thinking skills and ways to analyze hate speech and misinformation on social media platforms.
More details : https://en.unesco.org/news/passionate-educator-overcomes-adversity-media-and-information-literacy-club-maan


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