In Melbourne, the family have thrived with all three children becoming outstanding students.
Ghanieh, the eldest daugher, is passionate about medicine, health and saving lives.
“My long-term goal is to become a surgeon,” she says. She has just received offers from two universities to study for a Doctor of Medicine.
Ghanieh is close to completing a Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing at VU with the help of the Asylum Seeker Scholarship Program and has been working at Royal Melbourne Hospital helping to care for ICU patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghanieh is also the first asylum seeker refugee of Iranian heritage to qualify as a lifeguard in Australia and volunteers at Ambulance Victoria.
Zahra’s focus is education. She completed a Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation and applied for a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Education. Now in her second year of the four-year course, she hopes to follow it with a Master of Education.
“After a few years of teaching experience, I would like to work in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment developing resources for teachers and other educators,” Zahra says.
Mohammad became vice captain of his high school and graduated with academic excellence awards in three subjects and merits in two.
He was a finalist in the 2020 National Photographic Portrait Prize, is an advocate for young asylum seekers’ rights, completing an Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice at VU Polytechnic.
Mohammad has been awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Melbourne and will be doing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Relations.
“I would love to work in the business law sector in the future. I aim to seek justice, promote equality and fight for the rights of our citizens,” he says.