2017 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Looking to bring societal growth through opening doors to education
Name Ali Abu-yasein
School ESADE (Spain)
Major Management Sciences
“Hailing from an underprivileged background where girls are restricted to traditional roles, my personal struggles were similar to those faced by the majority of Pakistan’s female population. However, my mother was determined to make a difference in my life. While the family pressured her to invest limited resources on educating her sons, she fought the patriarchal expectations and prioritized my education even over our family’s basic needs.
Through her support and merit scholarships, not only was I able to transform my congenital socio-economic circumstances, I had developed a deep-rooted desire to enable people to achieve the same. During high school and college, I volunteered for local NGOs working for girl’s education, women empowerment and fighting against gender violence. As a Graduate Intern for the Department of Education Government of Sindh, Pakistan, I evaluated the effectiveness of key government and foreign funded reforms in improving literacy in the country. Despite government initiatives like Girl’s Stipend Program and the constitutional amendment that makes education a fundamental right for the citizens of Pakistan, the country still ranks third in the highest number of out-of-school-girls ranking.
I believe the root-cause of this education crisis is a lack of professionals trained in evidence-based policy making and its effective implementation. I intend to pursue a career in regional and multilateral international and governmental organizations, preferably United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) or United Nations Human Rights Council. While working for organizations such as these, I would like to utilize my first-hand experience to develop and implement education and developmental policies that help governments systematically assess and strengthen the performance of their education systems so that all children can access education regardless of their gender, race, or socioeconomic standing.
To pursue my goal, I am pursuing Master of Public Policy from American University in order to gain the theoretical and practical knowledge on how to diagnose problems, consider evidence and comprehend the holistic nature of policy making and its impact on the public. A scholarship from Tailwind will allow me to fulfill my dream to continue on my path of intellectual development and contribution to positive social change in the Muslim community as well as around the world.”