Dr Dalia Fadila is a Muslim feminist, educator, and entrepreneur working to promote social change for Arab society in Israel from within. She is the president of Al-Qasemi Engineering and Science College and the former dean of Al-Qasemi Teacher Training College. In 2008 she founded Q-Schools, an independent set of schools specialising in teaching English and human development. The school’s unique approach to learning uses English as a space for intellectual and personal empowerment, a technique particularly suited to underprivileged students to support their personal and professional development. Recently this pedagogical approach was adopted by Jewish schools in the Ethiopian Israeli community.
Dr Fadila visited London as a guest of the UK Task Force and in several of her talks she spoke about her identities as an Arab, Palestinian, Israeli, woman, mother, educator, and entrepreneur. This complex self-definition helped her deal with the challenges of Arab society in Israel and take a proactive approach to investing in quality education for young people.
During her visit Dr Fadila briefed the All Party Parliamentary Britain-Israel Group about the educational challenges facing Arab citizens of Israel, and presented her unique educational approach reflected in the Q schools she established. Dr Fadila also briefed the staff and diplomats at the Israeli embassy on her educational vision and entrepreneurship. The video of her briefing at BICOM’s Fathom Forum can be watched below.
In an exclusive event at Belmont United Synagogue, Dr Fadila related her personal story as a feminist Muslim challenging traditions and norms while working in partnership with her community, promoting ideas, and creating social change. Dr Fadila was also hosted by the Board of Deputies for a flagship event in conversation with Gillian Merron, answering questions about her identity and her education entrepreneurship explaining, “I don’t want to define my Palestinian identity as a conflict, but as a resolution,” adding that she felt that, “Israel should refer to its Arab citizens as part of Israeli society.”