Good Practice

4 August 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background
Photo: Faidah Omar

Faidah Omar fled the Syrian war and resettled in South Australia in 2016. Following her resettlement, she past her learner’s test to obtain a learner’s permit. She now holds a South Australian driver’s licence. “I think I am the first woman in the Syrian community to get a driver’s licence. I need it to send my children to school, to their sporting activities and to do shopping.” Currently, she is volunteering at an ethnic school, whereby she teaches children of Syrian background from ages 9 to 10. “I am proud to see that 5 of the children can read and write in Arabic well.” Her passion is teaching, with her experience including teaching the Arabic language for 18 years at a high school in Damascus. She is interested in pursing a pathway in teaching in Australia. “I am determined to get into a bridging course to become a language teacher in Australian schools.” Through the AMRC Women’s Empowerment Program, she is preparing for her Australian citizenship and becoming a qualified teacher in Australia.

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