First Yousafzai Scholarship in Canada for a Pakistani Student


October 14, 2016 For immediate release: chpraandzeb First Yousafzai Scholarship in Canada Global Peace Centre Canada (GPCC) congratulates Sonaina Chopra, the recipient of the first Ziauddin Yousafzai Scholarship, who arrived yesterday to begin her journey of education success and peace in Canada today.   We are thankful to Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)’s President and staff who provided a fully funded scholarship to allow Sonaina to participate in Laurier’s world-class four-year community health studies program. WLU created the Yousafzai scholarship to honour Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala Yousafzai, and honorary chair of the Global Peace Centre Canada, on the occasion of his being awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 2015. The Yousafzai scholarship will cover Sonaina’s education over five years, covering all tuition, associated fees and expenses, and living costs. The total value of the scholarship is approximately $45,000 per year. Sonaina Chopra was born and raised in the Buner Valley of Pakistan. Ram Kishan, Sonaina’s father, is a primary schoolteacher. After completing her grade 10 with distinction, Ram sent Sonaina to Jinnah College for Women Peshawar despite financial difficulties. Through a competitive process, the Khapal Kor Foundation (KKF), Pakistan and WLU, Waterloo awarded the Ziauddin Yousafzai Scholarship to Sonaina. Sonaina started her journey of education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada on October 13, 2016 upon her arrival. Sonaina says” I am thankful to my father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Laurier University, KKF, GPCC and the people and government of Canada to help me in my journey of education because I will be the first person in my family to receive a university education.” Global Peace Centre Canada facilitates scholarships, the development of peace skills among students, and fosters the professional development of educators, following a train-the-trainers model. It develops peace education lessons with the goal of promoting peace, preventing violent extremism, and furthering social justice among the young leaders of today and tomorrow through education in Canada and globally. GPCC is an incorporated, non-profit organization. Conrad Grebel University College can issue charitable tax receipts for donations on GPCC’s behalf to support our cause of peace and education. For more information: Dr. Neil Arya                                                                                                                   Jahan Zeb President GPCC Board                                                                                             Co-Founder and Secretary GPCC Board 519 577 8013, narya@uwaterloo.ca                                                            289 788 4646, Jahan.Zeb@GPCCanada.org -30- GPCC Board Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Honorary Chair), Neil Arya, MD (President), Ann Armstrong, PhD (Vice Chair) Khalid Usman, CA (Treasurer), Jahan Zeb, MA (Secretary), Lowell Ewert, LLM, Elham Farah, MEd, Ernie Ginsler, MSW, Candi Harrington, CFRE, Anne Pearson, PhD.

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