Rasha Abu Shakhdam wins King Abdullah II Award

For Youth Achievement and Creativity

Former minister of higher education and scientific research Wajih Owais. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordanian Rasha Abu Shakhdam won the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Achievement and Creativity for the project “Martha for Education”, which aims to reduce illiteracy among people with hearing disabilities by providing deaf children and their families with interactive educational solutions using augmented reality technology and Arabic sign language, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The award, in its sixth edition, was presented by former minister of higher education and scientific research Wajih Owais during the 11th Jordan Gaming Summit, which started on Saturday at the Dead Sea, according to an announcement by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development.

The award was launched by His Majesty King Abdullah during the World Economic Forum in 2007 to encourage creative Arab youths to work to effect positive change in their local communities, and to honor young Arab community leaders who came up with innovative solutions to meet local challenges.

The award is granted once every two years and has been bestowed on 41 young entrepreneurs from eight Arab countries in its past five editions.

Four pioneering projects qualified for the final stage this year. In addition to the winning project, there were also: “Drop”, by Ahmed bin Amer Al-Jabri from Oman, which uses modern technologies to ration water to irrigate crops; “Better for social development”, by Egyptian Haitham Ali Khalifa, which seeks to economically empower marginalized groups, especially women and small-scale farmers, through an optimal use of resources and the introduction of recycling technology in agriculture; and “Zelij invent”, by Seif Al-Din Al-Aj from Morocco, which aims to provide sustainable solutions for waste recycling by producing environmentally-friendly building materials from plastic waste.

Abu Shakhdam’s winning project was based on the idea of a world in which every deaf child has access to education through technology-enabled educational products and tools. She will receive $50,000 in financial support to develop the project idea.

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