01.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Manar gets another chance with TVET training scholarship from UNESCO and Korea


Manar Saleh is an ambitious young woman from Jordan. Ever since she was a little girl, Manar has been fascinated with art. As a child, she would follow her mother to local bazaars where she would marvel at the handicrafts for sale.

After finishing the tenth grade, Manar chose to purse home economics at a specialized vocational secondary school in Amman. While studying for Tawjihi, Manar was also working to support her family as the eldest of six siblings. When it came time to sit for the exams, she was not successful. She continued to keep her passion for art alive and made a point of attending all the free events and workshops. Some were hosted by a private arts school; a place she would dream of studying but that proved an expensive impossibility without a scholarship.

One day, over social media, Manar heard of some scholarships being offered by the Government of the Republic of Korea. “When I saw this on facebook, I was overjoyed and applied immediately for the Art and Design program. I was accepted and excited but also worried that since I was 22 years old, I would be one of the oldest students. I had been out of school for some time but it was such a relief to come and see other students my age in my program”.

Manar leapt into her studies at Luminus Technical University College (Al Quds College) and is eager to work towards a certificate that is aligned with her passions, with the added benefit of learning a practical skill. “I decided I didn’t want to do something strictly academic but something that I really loved and could translate into a career,” shares Manar. Her teacher, Nisreen Andi speaks highly of her, “I am seeing the light inside her. I believe that Manar will be a well-known name in the near future”.

Manar’s scholarship is one of the 250 scholarships offered under this project, supporting access to meaningful, accredited post-basic education for 75 vulnerable Jordanian youth and 175 Syrian refugee youth in Jordan. The project is implemented by the UNESCO Amman office, which has been taking a leadership role in ensuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development Goal 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

When asked about what is next, Manar reveals that despite still being immersed in her program, she has begun the preparations to launch her own business. She has created her own Facebook page and finds great pleasure in posting her designs and handmade products.

You can find Manar’s creations here.

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