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Ashoka Fellow
Palestine,
Fellow Since 2012

Citation

This profile was prepared when Nureddin Amro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
In an environment where difference is often highlighted and quickly marginalized, Nureddin has created a model school of integration where visually impaired and sighted children learn side by side, and are taught by instructors who are both visually impaired and sighted. He is now using the academic success that has been achieved across the student body—the school is indeed one of the highest ranking in the country—to embed the key principles of the school into the country’s larger education system. With a school system better equipped to welcome and collaborate in the success of the visually impaired, families are able to shed the shame and sense of burden that previously dominated their relationship with these often discarded children, and those visually impaired are able to shed a pattern of thinking imposed by the larger community that made it difficult to generate strong self-confidence.

Nureddin is demonstrating that with an enabling environment, the visually impaired can succeed and in fact, contribute to the group—lessons that can be taken beyond classrooms, into the workplace, and into community social consciousness. Indeed, from the very beginning, Nureddin has focused on the greater implications to address the needs of the visually impaired. He has incorporated students and teachers with various other disabilities into his school, for example, to extend the achieved tolerance effect to as many previously marginalized groups as possible.
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