My name is Mustafa Dasuki and I cover the North area, I am now a teacher facilitator at Tripoli Public Secondary School for Girls.
y name is Mustafa Dasuki and I cover the North area, I am now a teacher facilitator at Tripoli Public Secondary School for Girls. As a teacher I know the amount of pressure and the challenges that teachers undergo in their schools, but this school brings up even a harder challenge which is the amount of days that the school closed down during the year due to the current conflict in Tripoli which causes an eminent threat to the safety of the school body.
Therefore I wasn’t even sure that I can be at the school and even if I was able to be there, I wasn’t sure how would the teachers have some free time to take the program with me because they were behind on the yearly school schedule.
Fortunately the principle in that school was very supportive and welcomed the idea of the program. This gave a huge motivation for the teachers also. I would say that more than 90% of the teachers who saw my orientation at that school were interested in the program. I was able to take on 7 teachers including a computer teacher and the principle.
When I started the program with some of the teachers, the only words I kept hearing from most of them were: “wow" that would help us a lot” “impressive yet easy”. The person who really showed much interest was the principal, after taking an ICT tool with me she said and I quote: “I wish I can be a teacher again and leave the principle duty”.
After I saw such motivation from the teachers, I was assured that the teachers only needed to see how technology can make their job easier and not harder nor replace them at the school. Their motivation reflects on me, I am now more willing to give my best to them and waiting to see more progress and success in the future.
DOT Lebanon was instrumental in building my entrepreneurial mindset. It all started when DOT Lebanon Country Director offered us an invitation to attend ArabNet, which I didn’t know much about at the time but after researching it, I wanted to go and learn more about it. This was the first time in which I started learning about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lebanon. It opened my mind to the possibilities that are out there. I started thinking about ideas and developing apps that might be viable in the market. DOT’s Lebanon Country Director saw that I was very interested in that subject and invited me to other conferences to learn more and network with people.
DOT Lebanon gave me the push to enter competitions so that I can validate my idea. I won the first competition done by Welfare association and went on to win another competition by Tripoli Entrepreneurs Club startup seeds.
I started learning new things since day one with DOT, being a trainer than a senior teacher facilitator gave me a lot of confidence that I will always value and cherish. DOT became like a family that nurtured the entrepreneur in me. My startup started Off DOT’s Wall and it’s something that I will always be proud of.
Now, I'm a Social Entrepreneur and CEO of my own Media Agency : " Off the Wall" which was Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Tripoli, Lebanon Off The Wall is a Media & Entertainment Agency. The company offers products and services ranging from Pre-produced video Holograms, live stream Holograms, 3D Projection Mapping, and Animations. We are the only company now that can deliver Live Stream Holograms in any size to the market, making us a leader in this industry. Off the Wall team, has won the 2nd prize of #StartupSeeds Pitching Festival granted by Theemar on March 31st, 2016