The Teacher is not Always Right

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The story of an Egyptian immigrant here will open our eyes that education should not always be obtained from formal schools. Almost never in school, he made it to Columbia University, the fourth best university in the United States with a scholarship.

Education is a weapon to change life

  “Education is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela.
For Nelson, education is a powerful weapon to change the world. Most of us translate education as a learning process in formal school. This Egyptian immigrant youth managed to fight for a change of life with his efforts to intelligently utilize the technology around him. Egyptian youth who later known as Moawia Eldeeb was living a life quite extreme. His family poverty forced him to work in plantations in Egypt until the age of nine. His family eventually moved to the United States to seek a better livelihood. Unfortunately, his father could not find a job. He was forced to withdraw from school and returned to Egypt. A year later, their family made it back to America.
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Life did not turn out to be friendlier to Eldeeb even though he made it back into a dreamland for immigrants.

“Finally I could go to junior high school formal. But the school was actually not a school. Because it only had 1 classroom for all levels. Besides, I had to work as a freelancer to help my family. It was an illegal thing because at that time I was too young to work. But my family needed financial help “.

With a hard struggle, Moawia finally managed to get into high school. Unfortunately, the tragedy again occurred. His house was burned down. He and his family were forced to move to a shelter belonging to the International Red Cross.

“Two weeks after high school, my house burned down. Our family was forced to move to the shelter belonging to the International Red Cross. To live there, we had to work as volunteers. I was back out of school “.

Helped by online video
The fire tragedy caused Eldeeb out of school for 1.5 years. He then tried to catch up with learning independently from the Khan Academy website. For info, Khan Academy is the site of a non-profit organization that provides free lessons via the internet for anyone.
“I was chasing high school through videos from Khan Academy. At that time I was very left behind in the basic level Algebra lesson. Everything I learned myself. Finally I could pass the exam and be admitted to Queens College. “

Entered Columbia University

Upon successful admission to Queens Community College, in the second year he was awarded a scholarship to continue at Columbia University with a major in Applied Mathematics.

Moawia conveys some key to her success:
1. No matter what your education is, even if you do not have any education at all, you still have to believe in yourself.
2. By believing in your abilities, you will find help and facilities to achieve your dreams.
3. My high school teachers said, “You’ll never get to high school and go to college.” But I kept believing in myself, until I finally found Khan Academy.
4. My belief is the most important thing

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