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Known for Being

A pioneer in education in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Among the first women to drive in Bahrain.

Major Accomplishments

Salwa al-Omran was a graduate of 'Dar al Mualimin wa al Mualimat' in Beirut in 1942 where she studied English, Arabic, and French. Her career in education began in Bahrain in 1942, where she was a teacher until 1944. From 1945 to 1948, she was the headmistress at the Khadija Al Kubra Preparatory Girls School in Muharraq. From 1950 to 1956, she was the Executive Assistant to the Director of Public Schools in Bahrain.

Her voluntary work began in 1960 when she became the Secretary of the Children and Mothers Welfare Society. In 1970, in addition to her role as Secretary, she also served as Vice President of the Society. She served in these positions until 1985. Al Omran established five kindergartens and preschools in collaboration with other members of the Mothers Welfare Society. She also oversaw efforts sponsored by the Society that served Palestinians, both in Bahrain and in other countries.

She created a plan to train kindergarten and preschool teachers both in and outside Bahrain with support from the Ministry of Labor, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the British Women's Council in London. In 1977, al-Omran established the 'Bayt Al Amal' school for children with disabilities that, in 1982, became the 'Al Amal Special Education Institute'. The Institute serves children who are deaf and children with mental disabilities. Al-Omran was also a philanthropist who created charities for families in need.

She represented the Bahraini Women Society at various occasions including in national and international committees. She was a member and later the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the University Student Fund (1987 -2000) that offered scholarships to students in need at the University of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf University. She was also among the first women to drive in Bahrain.

Last modified: 01/08/2019

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