By Sarah Al Arshani
Jordan Times, Amman
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “ArchKids” is a children’s program focused on architecture and design. It was created in 2017 by former teaching assistant turned entrepreneur Wala Zmeili.
While working as a teaching assistant in the architecture department at the Applied Sciences Private University, a young Jordanian realized that many students lack critical thinking and creativity skills.
This observation inspired Wala Zmeili to create ArchKids in 2017, an enrichment program focused on architecture and design.
Zmeili was one of several entrepreneurs from around the Kingdom to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah last week. During the meeting, His Majesty reaffirmed his keenness to support young Jordanians’ innovative projects, heard from the entrepreneurs and voiced pride in their achievements.
Zmeili said that the King “showed us how much he cares about our projects”, adding that she was impressed by how attentively he listened to each entrepreneur and even wrote notes as they were speaking.
The young Jordanian started off with JD80 and created a program that she pitched to a school. She said that after hosting the program during a winter session, the results were “impressive”, and the principal, teachers, students and parents liked it. The success of this trial run made her want to expand.