ISC-Er­bil Stu­dent Se­lected to Par­tic­i­pate in Young Lead­ers Pro­gram

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Ro­man Ka­ma­ran, a ju­nior at ISCEr­bil, a SABIS® mem­ber school in Kur­dis­tan, is one of only 45 high school stu­dents from Iraq who will be head­ing to the U.S. for 5 weeks this sum­mer as part of the Iraqi Young Lead­ers Ex­change Pro­ject (IYLEP). IYLEP is a pro­gram run by the Merid­ian In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter, a U.S. NGO that works with the U.S. State Depart­ment and U.S. em­bassies world­wide to cre­ate last­ing in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships through lead­er­ship and cul­tural ex­changes. The pro­gram aims to give young Iraqis the chance to build their lead­er­ship skills and will give them the tools needed to de­velop their own youth-led projects for com­mu­nity change upon their re­turn home.

“I am so thrilled to have been se­lected,” said Ro­man. “It is like a dream come true. Now I can show them that there are good schools in Kur­dis­tan too!”

In or­der to be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply to the pro­gram, stu­dents must meet a num­ber of cri­te­ria. Ap­pli­cants must be be­tween 15 and 17 years of age, be on track to grad­u­ate from high school by 2014 or later, and have per­mis­sion from their par­ent or le­gal guardian to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram if se­lected. Due to the large num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions typ­i­cally sub­mit­ted for the pro­gram, ap­pli­cants meet­ing these cri­te­ria are next put through a strin­gent se­lec­tion process. Ap­pli­cants must demon­strate their in­ter­est and com­mit­ment to prac­tice so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. They must demon­strate the abil­ity to work with di­verse groups of peo­ple, must show lead­er­ship po­ten­tial, and have good so­cial and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills as well as good aca­demic per­for­mance. Ap­pli­cants who are ul­ti­mately se­lected for the pro­gram must also have an en­er­getic and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and have the abil­ity to im­ple­ment projects that ben­e­fit the ap­pli­cant’s school and/or com­mu­nity.

“There were over 800 ap­pli­cants to the pro­gram and we are very proud that Ro­man was one of the hand­ful of stu­dents se­lected,” said Dr. Hu­maira Bokhari, ISC-Er­bil School Di­rec­tor. “The pro­gram will be very ben­e­fi­cial to Ro­man him­self, the en­tire school, and the wider com­mu­nity. It will raise his aware­ness re­gard­ing global is­sues and em­power his in­ter­per­sonal, lead­er­ship, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. We can­not wait for him to get back and share his ex­pe­ri­ence with us all.”

ISC-Er­bil is a mem­ber of the SABIS® School Net­work and im­ple­ments the proven SABIS® Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tem, a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem with a rig­or­ous, in­ter­na­tion­ally-ori­ented cur­ricu­lum that pro­vides stu­dents with the knowl­edge, skills, and ex­pe­ri­ences needed to suc­ceed in an ever-chang­ing world.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Iraqi Young Lead­ers Ex­change Pro­ject, visit www.merid­ian.org.

To find out more about ISC-Er­bil and the SABIS® Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tem, visit www.iscer­bil-sabis.net and www.sabis.net.

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