“I con­sider here my home­land”

Masiha Mosh­f­e­gyon: be­tween Iran, In­dia and Bri­tain, set­tled in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kurds are fa­mous of their hos­pi­tal­ity to guests, if the guest has come from a dif­fer­ent place and coun­try, it will ex­pect far more love and re­spect. In the re­cent years, hun­dred thou­sands of tourists have come to South­ern Kur­dis­tan, be­side the tourists, tens of people across the globe live here for work and pre­sent­ing ser­vices to people of Kur­dis­tan in hu­man­i­tar­ian, busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nom­i­cal fields.

In the city of Er­bil, in one of class­rooms of learn­ing English Cen­ter in Sala­hadin Univer­sity, a doc­tor wel­comed me smil­ingly with bright face, when I said I want to write a story about you, as a tourist from Iran to In­dia, then to Bri­tian and now in Kur­dis­tan. She ea­gerly sup­ported me and has node of ac­cep­tance.

Dr Masiha Behroz Mosh­feghyon said she was born and lived in Na­gada with a Kur­dish mother and Per­sian fa­ther. Then went to In­dia and fin­ished school there. She said she chose In­dia be­cause it has a rich cul­ture, for ex­am­ple 120 stu­dents from va­ri­ety of coun­tries were study­ing at one univer­sity. “I was also in­ter­ested in study­ing in English Lan­guage. I gained my MA in ed­u­ca­tional field there, and fin­ished higher ed­u­ca­tion in Bri­tain, and gained my PhD. I have ex­pe­ri­ence in psy­chol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion and English lan­guage learn­ing.”

She has par­tic­i­pated in 14 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences, she says.

She is flex­i­ble and open-minded at giv­ing lec­ture, friendly with stu- oth­ers pre­tend to re­spect you, but they ac­tu­ally in­tend to bother you. This is not nice that some people treat this way within such a friendly cul­ture, it’s not pos­si­ble.” This doc­tor, who has lived in three cul­tures and is now liv­ing in the fourth, is now teach­ing daily English cour­ses in the cen­tre. As a good op­por­tu­nity for Kur­dish com­mu­nity, op­po­site to his re­marks about the pub­lic and some in­for­mal be­hav­ior, she says “In the class and work, the mat­ter is com­pletely dif­fer­ent; ev­ery­thing goes re­spect­fully in or­der, which is de­light­ful. The hopes are brighter here, be­cause the be­hav­ior and works are se­ri­ous.”

She op­ti­misti­cally per­ceives ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing process and thinks that ed­u­ca­tion is at a good level, ef­forts are be­ing made for im­prov­ing it, “but I feel that stu­dents are lazy and some­times are not se­ri­ous, I want to help them to take more care of ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing.”

Hav­ing been in var­i­ous cul­tures, she says she con­sider her­self a part of the cul­ture and cir­cum­stances in Kur­dis­tan. “I’ve trav­elled for im­prov­ing my sci­en­tific abil­i­ties, I strug­gle to help women in ed­u­ca­tional field in or­der to en­able them serve them­selves bet­ter, I feel that I’m in my home­land, that’s why I al­ways try to be friendly with stu­dents and people around, it’s a nice place here, the spirit of friend­ship and sup­port is strong here.”

The world is head­ing to­wards glob­al­iza­tion due to the changes, what used to be pro­hib­ited from Kurds to mix with other cul­ture and travel to see the outer world, now they re­ceive hun­dreds of people from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, lan­guages, col­ors and reli­gions. Kur­dis­tan in gen­eral and es­pe­cially Er­bil has be­come an open cen­ter full of move­ment for host­ing for­eign guests. This Kur­dish-Per­sian doc­tor, the woman who grows up in In­dia and im­proves her sci­en­tific skills, she’s now serv­ing in Er­bil the capi­tol of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and teaches a num­ber of stu­dents English lan­guage.

Be­fore farewell, she asked for a bot­tle of wa­ter and in­sisted on pay­ing for it her­self. She said “Red is a spe­cial color to me.” She said she wants her fi­nal words to be “Ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing should be taken a bet­ter care of.”

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