The Italy scholarship recipients recently visited Yazda’s office in Duhok, where they met with Yazda leadership. There they were congratulated on this great accomplishment, and were encouraged on how to succeed abroad in a new environment. These young men and women are currently internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraqi Kurdistan, and will be funded through scholarships acquired by Yazda.
The highly-motivated students of the Italy scholarship program will study in a variety of academic disciplines, and will pursue both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. In addition to their university studies, the students will also take Italian language classes. They will begin their courses in the Fall, and are excited to do so, especially given the way this academic training has the potential to benefit the Yazidi community in the future. As one student, Ferial Yousif, points out, “This scholarship is of great value to me because it will enable me to deliver a message to the world that Yazidis will stand together to build a better future.”
So far, the students have had their applications for admission approved and are in the process — with Yazda’s help — of completing their visas. Yazda is dedicated to supporting these students throughout their time of study in Italy as this program fits within the wider context and goals of Yazda’s educational program. Furthermore, we hope to continue acquiring scholarships and sending students abroad to study so that they will be better equipped to serve their communities going forward.
Yazda would again like to congratulate these students and wishes them great success during their time in Italy.