Empowering young minds: The story of a dedicated teacher, Fatima Ismail 

By Alinor Osman 

Fatima Ismail did not plan to be a teacher. Fatima pursued a bachelor’s degree in medical studies, though she could not shake the feeling that she might like to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother and become an educator.  

Fatima saw how much the community respected teachers and the impact they were having on students. 

“Teaching is not an easy job, and it is not a profession that gives you a high income,” Fatima says. “But it is a noble job because you are in a position to teach and inspire the young generation.” 

Contrary to the expectations of her friends and family, as well as forgoing her university degree in the medical field, Fatima entered the teaching profession and chose the Al-Nur Primary School in Yaqshid. At first, her new career in a classroom was not simple and tested her resolve. 

As a new teacher, Fatima encountered several challenges — managing the classroom and ensuring that every student is behaved well, engaged and learning. To address these daunting tasks, Fatima sought the advice and support of her more experienced colleagues. She attended several training courses organized by the USAID Bar ama Baro program that demonstrated different approaches to teaching and classroom management.  

Through her determination, hard work and commitment to the profession, Fatima was able to overcome the challenges faced by new educators like herself. She never lost sight of her goal to make a positive difference in the lives of her students, and she remained focused on continuously improving her teaching skills. 

Fatima credits Bar ama Baro’s training as a valuable opportunity for her and her colleagues to enhance their teaching skills and to learn new and innovative ways to engage their students in the classroom.  

Bar ama Baro “is a well-needed program in the country as it is making a significant difference in the lives of poor children who have not been able to access education due to financial constraints,” says Fatima. 

Outside of the classroom, Fatima’s impact was felt throughout the community. She takes pride in her work and has become an inspiration and a role model for young people, especially girls, who see her as an example of what could be achieved through hard work and dedication.  

“My students and the youth in the neighborhood often approach me for any support they need in terms of advice and counseling,” says Fatima. “I always receive them with a smile and share my knowledge and experience with them on how to improve their academic performances.” 

Like her father and older brother, today Fatima is recognized as one of the most talented and respected teachers within her community. Her success story is a testament to the power of passion, hard work and a commitment to making positive differences in the lives of others. 

At just 25 years old, Fatima has earned the respect of colleagues, not only because of her passion for the teaching profession, but also because of her relentless commitment to the success of her students. 

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