Why Spare Hope?!

By Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Wed 15 February / Feb 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

What if we interview a sample of Jordanian youth to ask them who their role-models are; how likely is it that their answers will include Jordanian figures?!

Most probably, the chance that one or two Jordanian figures do end up on that list would be unsurprisingly slim.

The obvious point here is that our upcoming generations lack the inspiration of role-model public Jordanian figures.

Naturally, this lack on inspiration sucks the light out of our generations’ future, diming the horizons of hope and dreams!

Where exactly do we fall short? Where did we go wrong?!

Notably, the issue is not that our society lack success stories; there is a plentiful of Jordanian people whose stories have been remarkably memorable, be it politically, economically, and socially.

Throughout the decades, we have seen the rise of numerous phenoms in politics, science, mathematics, architectures, journalists, and media figures, as well as businessmen, doctors, inventors, and lawyers. And they were all exceptional in many ways.

Which means that the problem is not a scarcity of talent, genius, or innovation, but the failure to bring achievements and achievers into light.

This does not only apply to one specific gender; if one asks a group of young Jordanians about female role-models, the list becomes even shorter, the chances becomes even thinner, though there are so many female achievers out there!

Just go through AlGhad online and look them up; we have an outstanding collection of profiles on successful female figures who overcame it all and carved their achievements in stone.

One of the more evident fields of our shortcoming in this regard is education; schoolbooks and activities in particular, for they do not shed any light on Jordanian success stories.

Rightly, the call here is not to promote or market Jordanian achievers —even though they deserve it, but to inspire our youth and show them that hope still exists; that it is okay to dream, and that dreams do come true.

Now that we have actually begun our long journey into curricular developments and reform, I think it is time to bring some our own stories of success into light.

The Ministry of Education would do well to be attentive to this, which surely they will, because Dr Omar Razzaz, the minister of education, is not one to miss on such issues. Dr Razzaz is quite aware of importance of role-modelling in the character building process for children and youth.

Our children need to learn that it is possible to succeed and conquer all odds!

They need to know of the many Jordanians who made a lot out of their lives. And incorporating success stories in school curriculum would shine through their long, young years in school, so that maybe in a few years, we can cite different answers to the hypothetical question above on our students’ role-models.

Films can be made about successful Jordanians figures and screened in schools and universities.

Even better, interviews can be arranged with them, which will bring children closer to their favourite role-models, and bridge the gap between dream and reality. This could instrumentally change people’s way of thinking and help students be more dedicated to their success and less dismissive of their potential.

More so, it may bestow upon our youth the power to challenge reality, give, and succeed.

Mindfully, the media too has a role in this, even though it is not as influentially widespread and fundamental as education among children and youth.

Future generations need to witness success and leadership with their own eyes.

We, on the one hand, have so many great achievers and stories to tell our young ones, so, why do we spare them hope when there is so much we can find?!

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.