“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States of America
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education for women and girls is critical for the improvement and well-being of society. We have seen evidence that young girls interested in the sciences and maths are discouraged from pursuing those passions because they are taught that those are male subjects. The Asherah Foundation recognizes that when girls are supported and encouraged in following their endeavors, they perform as well as their male counterparts. Women bring a different perspective to problem solving, and we are committed to a world in which women can flourish in STEM.
This is one of the many reasons The Asherah Foundation is delighted to share the story of Amani Jebril. Ms. Jebril was the recipient of our Second Chance scholarship in 2016. She started on her journey by becoming a science teacher in Palestine, where she inspired her students to take their science education beyond the classroom. In addition to changing the way these students viewed the scientific world, Ms. Jebril helped develop school scientific initiatives, such as using alternative energy sources for addressing real issues in the community. While her accomplishments as an educator are impressive, she saw the larger problems facing those living in Palestine, and sought to further her education in order to improve her community in areas such as environmental pollution and shortage of water. She is dedicated to giving back to her community.
Ms. Jebril recognized that women and children are the most affected by environmental pollution and the scarcity of water, and that there are very few women studying these issues. She is using her Second Chance Scholarship in order to earn her Masters degree in Water and Environmental Engineering and Sciences from Birzeit University. In addition to her time spent in school, this remarkable young woman has been selected to consult on a Birzeit University project that aims to improve and develop studies in her field. She continues to create opportunities for the spread of scientific knowledge, and her contributions to education display her commitment to giving back to those around her, to better her community.
Asherah is proud to support Amani Jebril in her pursuit of higher education. We hope that you will follow Ms. Jebril’s footsteps in the spirit of giving back, in order to provide these opportunities to women around the world.
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