Siraj al-Quds School
Nureddin Amro is helping build an inclusive future for the visually handicapped through integrated education in the Palestinian Territories.
He has pioneered a new approach to education for the visually impaired, who are denied equal education opportunities because their government is unable to provide services to those with special needs. Visually handicapped himself, Nureddin is building a more inclusive future for the blind through integrated education, where children are taught side-by-side in a learning environment that fosters understanding and equality.
Nurredin’s long-term objective is the complete integration of the blind into the community on the basis of equality. Since opening its doors in 2007, the Siraj al-Quds School for Integrated Education has served 120 children in Jerusalem and has offered formal education to those aged four through six, accepting students demonstrating the most financial need. The Siraj al-Quds School is affiliated with the Nur al-Ain Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the only institute in East Jerusalem that offers education and development services to the visually-impaired community.
He is a Synergos Arab World Social Innovator, and Ashoka Fellow, and has been selected by the British Council in Jerusalem from a pool of 241 applicants as a social leader working for positive change and social development for people with special needs.