Syrian, from Al-Mafraq; seeking Undergraduate degree in Information Technology Engineering and is enrolled at Zarqa University.
My mother is a software engineer. Not a big deal? Maybe, until you learn that this was in Syria, not in the capital city but in Dara'a where it was very unlikely for a woman to be college educated, let alone be an IT engineer.
I have always admired my mother's ability to be a trailblazer, at a time very few people were into IT, let alone people living on the periphery of a major metropolis. My father has a degree in Islamic law. All my 7 siblings are pursuing their education.
I am Fatima Al-Hariri an 18-year-old, from Dara'a, Syria, and a refugee in the Zaatari camp in Jordan.
I scored 77 % on my high school diploma.
I have dreamed of becoming a software engineer like my mother since I was very young. I loved computers and pursued many programming courses . I was attracted to web design and have a solid IT knowledge.
I got the highest grade in my ICDL course hosted by the NRC, and my excellence was acknowledged in a special merit certificate. I was hired by the NRC to teach programming, and earned a salary for the first time in my life. I also worked volunteered for three months to train and teach students, ages 15-22 about computers.
My ambition will not stop here. I know I can make a living in IT training, but I want a university degree in programming. While I do not want to spend my life in a refugee camp, I still believe that adding IT skills to refugees will not only widen their horizons but also offer them solutions, including fitting them with tools to work remotely and become self sufficient.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
Being a refugee in a camp is an experience I do not wish on my worst enemies. History has taught us that only a low percentage of refugees return home, and when they do, they are barely qualified to enter the labor market. I want girls to enter the IT world and I know I can be a role model. I know that empowering women economically will give them a say in their future, prevent early marriages due to financial need and contribute to the welfare of the community by designing IT solutions to daily hurdles they face.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
I want to encourage young girls to learn about computers. A virtual world is important. It is the space where we can try, make mistakes and come back with a better knowledge to apply to the world around us.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
I volunteered with the NRC by offering programming computer literacy programs.
I tutored school age kids in the Zaatari camp during COVID-19 shut downs.
I participated in COVID 19 awareness raising campaigns.
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
International Computer Driving Certificate from NRC
Life skills from Relife International
Connection and communication from NRC
Time management from IRD
Memorize the entire Qur'an from Abdullah bin Mubarak Institute
English language from Quest Scope
Website design from NRC