Let's talk about heroes the everyday kind a Jordanian principal at a school for girls offering a simple solution rather than slamming another hateful door in the faces of children who have done nothing to create the war forcing their families to flee or die in the hateful dust clouding the world's vision
the school is overcrowded but when Syrian mothers beg for their children to be taught instead of saying no room the principal asks each girl to bring a chair and she will find room for one more students walk to school carrying multi-hued chairs so many eager daughters classrooms full beyond bursting but the principal keeps her promise none are turned away
a loving heart refusing to be the lock on the gate offering instead a key a mother's simple wish for her daughter to write her own name becoming "maybe she will be a doctor" a seven-year-old girl declaring "I want to be smart" the world begins anew with open arms, willing minds perched on the edge of bright plastic chairs asking only teach me
*I am hungry to learn
Maha Salim Al-Ashgar, principal of Khawla **** Tha'alba Elementary School for Girls located in Jordan, thank you for showing the world what compassionate action looks like.