TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world coinciding with Universal Children’s Day in late November. These events are designed to empower and inspire young people.
TEDxYouthDay events present a combination of live speakers and TEDTalks to audiences around the world. These events vary widely in size, format, and theme, but they share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders. This year, TEDxYouthDay will take place on a weekend from Saturday, November 17th to Sunday, November 18th
Last year, TEDxYouth@Amman had a viral video splash with one of their talks, Salma Tabari’s "Sorry, I am a dreamer," which now has over 17,000 views on YouTube. Zeid Abdul-Hadi is the organizer of TEDxYouth@Amman. We recently talked to him about Salma, her talk, and reactions to it.
TEDx: You said Salma Tabari’s “Sorry, I am a dreamer” talk was a standout talk at TEDxYouth@Amman. It now has over 16,000 views on YouTube; did you expect it’d get so many views?
We had no idea it would get the number of views it did before the day of the event, but on that day, we realized it would be very popular.
TEDx: How did you find Salma? Why did you ask her to speak?
Salma found us, we didn’t find her. We asked her to speak because she is a young writer, with a poetry book already written. She spoke of how she struggled to publish her book with very little support. She chose a sensitive topic about teachers’ readiness to be teaching and leading as role models in the classroom. She left a nice impression.
TEDx: For our non-Arabic speakers, can you give a short summary of what her talk was about?
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.
TEDx: What made you think Salma would be a good fit for TEDxYouth@Amman?
Salma had passion and spoke from the heart. She represented her age group in their right to have proper teaching practices in any classroom.
She also spoke about the role of parents in providing a balanced level of motivation and encouragement, which we felt was suitable for the theme.
TEDx: What was the audience response to her talk?
They really enjoyed it and cheered in agreement at many stages of the talk!
TEDx: Have you spoken to Salma recently? How does she feel about her talk?
We kept in touch with Salma as she became a blogger and team member with our TEDxAmman team.
She really appreciates the positive and otherwise negative feedback she gets about the clip and looks forward to doing better.