MANAMA, Nov 23 (NNN-BNA) — A blind Jordanian theatre teacher has been granted the sixth edition of TAKREEM’s Award for Innovation in Education to become the first Arab lady to win the prize aimed at motivating the Arab youth and encouraging them to self-initiate.

Rawan Barakat, a theatre teacher, an actress and a producer, was born in Amman, Jordan. Ever since she was a child, she has displayed leading skills by volunteering in the Children Parliament at the age of eleven. She also took part in many conferences in human rights and child fields and represented her country in many events all over the world.

She studied the Jordanian theatrical art from 1999 to 2002 and in 2008, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Jordan University to embark on a teaching career full of creativity.

In 2009, Rawan Barakat’s name shone when she set up Raneen, a non-profit organization that produces audio stories for children in standard Arabic. It aims at helping children develop effective listening and communicating skills and improving their Arabic language.

In recognition of her achievements, Rawan Barakat won many prizes and certificates of appreciation including Jordan’s King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (2009) and Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak International Award for Arab Youth.

TAKREEM is an initiative that aims at being a source of inspiration to Arabs worldwide. It seeks to identify Arabs accomplishments by highlighting excellence and leadership in multiple fields. — NNN-BNA