"My name is Mohammed Albehadli. I was born in Iraq, in the City of Karbala – south of Baghdad. I have been in the States since 2014. After having finished most of my secondary education in Iraq, I graduated from high school in the US, enrolled in undergrad and now finishing off my master’s at Boston University.
I have always been passionate about education. I used to teach reading Arabic at the age of 10 years old, where I would gather kids from my block and we would examine scripts of Arabic texts such as the Qura’an, which dates back to 1400 years. Since them, I have always wanted to be involved in education. After I arrived in the States, I noticed the vast difference between how education is run in Iraq, versus how it is here. Being in such unique position of having experienced both education systems on multiple levels, I decided to examine the challenges that the education system in Iraq is dealing with.
My undergraduate thesis was a comparative analysis of the public education systems of both Iraq and the US. I later on started looking into how other Iraqi students who have immigrated to the States experience the shift in the education systems and what impact does that have on them."
"I have decided to design my own school back in Iraq. I used my senior year in undergrad and my entire master’s program at BU to focus solely on the details of such a project in terms of what kind of education system could be implemented and what measurement tools are most appropriate to use. My ultimate goals after earning my doctorate in Education is to focus my work on creating and enhancing educational systems, not only in Iraq but around the world too, as well as developing systems that enhance students’ and teachers’ creativity, competence and confidence - where experiential learning is at the core of the academic journey of students."