Jacqueline Sfeir

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Jacqueline Sfeir was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Jacqueline is transforming education in the Arab context from a rote-based hierarchical system into a learning-based socially just system. This will change the concept of “school” from a service provider into an agent of development. Jacqueline uses the reflective learning methodology that she has developed over twenty-one years, the Holistic Integrated Approach, to train teachers, parents, children, and the surrounding community to evaluate local processes of learning and reshape them to meet the community’s, and primarily the children’s needs. This approach engages children’s capacity to learn, enhances their critical thinking, and encourages them to take initiative.
Jacqueline’s Holistic Integrated Approach (HIA) is derived from her own experience and the experiences of her colleagues, informed by the basic tenets of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and based on principles of sound development. Jacqueline has adopted a flexible multifold strategy to reach her goals. Her new citizen organization (CO), MaDad, equips teachers, parents, students, and others, to use HIA through carefully structured Schools Development Processes, changing the educational process at every level: The classroom, the school, the home, and the school’s broader community.
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