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(CNN) -- A science camp set up by a teenager is helping disadvantaged girls in Jordan gain confidence to aim for a university education.

The two-week SciGirls -- for 44 talented 12-15-year-olds from the Jabal Al-Natheef district of Amman -- has been set up by 17-year-old Palestinian Canadian, Yara Sifri.

Sifri, whose parents grew up in Jordan, had the idea for the camp and raised 22,000 Jordanian dinars (approximately $30,000) sponsorship to make it happen.

The girls are taken daily by bus to a school in another part of Jordan to study electronics, robotics and math through chess. In between classes, they learn art and soccer.


(The National Association of Independent Schools)
CHANGEMAKERS: They are everywhere: young people who refuse the narrow label of “student.” Of course, they take care of schoolwork, but they also look outside of themselves and see a world full of need — and they want to help. Here are short profiles of adolescents — students, athletes, musicians, community activists, inventors, scientists, and all-around caring people — who have earned the label of “changemakers.” This is just a small representation of the young changemakers in schools. We offer these 12 profiles in honor of all the young people engaged in their communities — and with the hope that more will take up the mantle. 

(The Phillipian)
Sifri ’12 Recognized for Girls’ Science Camp in Jordan: hailed as changemaker

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