Dr Majeda Awawdeh is an author, educator, entrepreneur and founder of Global Education Academy – Australia’s leading research-based learning centre, and now a proud finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Celebrating the most talented and influential women in business, and now in its 25th year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards empowers these women with opportunities to achieve even more.
As a survivor of domestic violence, Dr Awawdeh wants to inspire women and show them what they can achieve and accomplish. As she puts it, “Women have the power within to be unstoppable. Never underestimate a woman with a vision coupled with determination”.
Dr Awawdeh is an advocate and a voice for women who have experienced similar difficulties in their lives. She hopes to be an inspiration and to pioneer the way for women to rise above their past to become the best they can be.
Her road to success has been a difficult one. She was married at 17 to a man who turned out to be brutal and possessive. She found that the only way out of this abusive relationship was through education.
In 2005, she escaped with her three children, and made a new start in Australia “using education as a weapon and a key to open new opportunities in a new country”. Not only has she created a new life for herself, but also for her three children. Dr Awawdeh says that her passion is “to provide opportunities for girls, through education, to live the life they deserve”.
Building upon her research and extensive experience, in 2011 she established Global Education Academy to apply her ground-breaking theory and pedagogical methodology, which is centred on Cognitive Load Theory. This is because she came to the realisation that academic institutions and tutoring establishments need to change, to allow for the improvement of the learning experience of students and for academic success overall.
Being recognised as a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, means her journey from surviving domestic violence, to being an accomplished businesswoman, was well worth it.
Dr Awawdeh states that this new-found recognition will “give me the platform to be heard as the voice that demands change within the education system”.
She recently published her book, Who Cares About Maths, Anyway? which is an analytical review of the education system. In her book, she addresses the top issues with Australia’s current education system. Over the course of the book, teachers, students and parents are given the opportunity to explore the deep-seated problems of the current school system; including a lack of teacher training and development, one-size-fits-all curricula and unfocused government funding.
Along with her analysis, Dr Awawdeh introduces a long-term vision that can improve the system for all involved, resulting in the progression of student success and higher ranking worldwide.
Read more about Dr Majeda Awawdeh’s story: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/one-mother-s-journey-from-a-victim-of-domestic-violence-to-successful-businesswoman
Download Dr Majeda Awawdeh’s Book “Who Cares About Maths, Anyway”: https://drmajedaawawdeh.com/the-book/