Salma spoke of her dream to become a great teacher. She believes teaching should be a position that is earned, that the teacher’s job is highly underestimated and misunderstood in this part of the world, and that educators should be more prepared for the teaching process, and lack the right tools.
She mentioned that she struggled to prove herself academically with low grades and modest artistic talents and was judged at many occasions by the same people who should have provided support and understanding to her—namely home and school. She decided to choose a career as teacher so that kids she takes care of are well-supported and appreciated regardless of their grades.

Organizer of TEDxYouth@Amman in Amman, Jordan, Zeid Abdul-Hadi on 18-year-old Salma Tabari’s talk, “Sorry, I am a dreamer,” given during TEDxYouthDay 2011, which now has over 17,000 views on YouTube

Salma is just one of the many youth leaders diving headfirst into creating positive change for the world. This November 17 and 18, TEDx is celebrating leaders like Salma through TEDxYouthDay, a worldwide initiative of TEDx events centered around youth issues, ideas, and leadership. Learn more here:

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