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News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan

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Student Profile: Tamana

Afghanistan girls school libraryTamana is 12 years old.


She began attending the Zabuli Education Center in 2012 as a kindergartener, and is now in grade five. She is punctual, polite, very kind, and has a deep love for her school. Her favorite subject is English and she loves spending time in the library.


Tamana has six siblings. One sister, Nazaneen, graduated from the ZEC in 2016 and is now attending the American University of Afghanistan. Her other sister, Baseera, is currently a ninth grader at the ZEC. Tamana’s father is a guard at a private office and her mother is a homemaker.


Tamana loves reading and helping her mother around the house in her spare time. When she grows up, she wants to be an attorney general.

Student Profile: Basya

Afghanistan girls school libraryBasya is 17 years old and in the twelfth grade at the Zabuli Education Center.


She began attending the ZEC in 2009 as a fourth grader. Basya is an intelligent and polite young woman with an appetite for learning; her favorite subjects are Holy Quran and English.


Basya is one of eight children. Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a driver. Her two brothers both graduated from school in Deh-Subz, and her five sisters received differing levels of education. Her two eldest sisters, both of whom are married, did not finish schooling; her eldest sister was never able to go, and her second eldest sister studied until the sixth grade. Soraya, Mehria, and Fareha, Basya’s three younger sisters, all attend the Zabuli Education Center and are in grades nine and ten.


In her spare time, Basya enjoys reading captivating stories and sewing. She hopes to become a doctor when she grows up.

Student Profile: Marina

Marina began attending the Zabuli Education Center in 2008 as a third grader. 
Today she is 19 years old and is in the eleventh grade. Her favorite subjects are the Holy Quran, biology, and history. Her favorite part of the school day is recess.
Marina is quiet and polite. She likes to swing and listen to music in her spare time.
Her father is a teacher in a public school in Deh'Subz and her mother is a homemaker. Marina has nine siblings. Her eldest sister, Nazila, is a midwifery student at the Razia Jan Institute. Marina's second sister, Hadia, is in grade six at the Zabuli Education Center.
When she grows up, Marina wants to become a doctor.

Student Profile: Asiya

Asiya student profileAsiya is 18 years old. She began attending the Zabuli Education Center in 2008 as a third grader. Today is in the twelfth grade and will graduate in December 2017. Her father is a great leader in Deh'Subz and is the local council's manager. Asiya's mother is a homemaker.
Asiya is one of eight siblings. Her eldest sister, Rahela, is a graduate of the Zabuli Education Center and is currently a midwifery student at the Razia Jan Institute. Two of Asiya's other sisters are students at the Zabuli Education Center in grades eleven and five.
Two of Asiya's brothers have finished school and two other brothers are students at a public school in Deh'Subz.
Asiya is a punctual and well-behaved student. Her favorite subjects are mathematics and physics. Her favorite part of school is spending time in the computer lab. In her spare time, she likes to watch TV and cook delicious foods and try new recipes.
She wants to become a teacher.

Midwifery Students at Razia Jan Institute Take First Exams

Students of midwifery at the Razia Jan Institute just completed their first set of exams (at the 20% calendar mark). We're confident they did well!

Razia Jan Institute midwifery exams

Student Profile: Alya

Alya Student ProfileAlya is an 18-year-old senior at the Zabuli Education Center. She enrolled in 2008 as a fourth grader. 

Alya's family is dealing with many difficulties. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker. She has two sisters and three brothers. Her eldest sister is unemployed and illiterate; her other sister graduated from school but is also unemployed. Both sisters help their mother at home. Alya's two eldest brothers are illiterate and also jobless. Her youngest brother is a ninth grader at a public school in Deh'Subz.

Ayla is an eager student. She is polite and well-behaved. Her favorite subjects are the Holy Quran and English. She enjoys playing volleyball and sewing traditional Afghan clothing in her spare time.

Alya's greatest wish is for peace and stability across Afghanistan. She wants to become a teacher and serve her village.

Razia Jan at the UN

Razia Jan was honored to participate in today's panel discussion on gender equality and violent extremism at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Her fellow panelists included: Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law for the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, Visiting Professor at Columbia University; Julia Santucci, Former Senior Advisor to the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State; Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo, Policy Adviser on Women, Peace and Security, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations; and Brian Reagor, Program Development Manager at the Counter Extremism Project.

Razia Jan at UN

First-Term Exams Underway

Today students in grades 1 through 12 began their first-term exams. The exam period continues until July 22. Please wish these hard-working students good luck!


Student Profile: Meet Nadera!

Young Fundraiser Makes a Difference

We recently received a letter from Bella Frost, a student in Colorado, who was inspired after meeting Razia and decided to host a showing of What Tomorrow Brings as a fundraiser for our foundation. The event raised $375! Thank you for your kindness and your initiative, Bella! The world needs more people like you.

Bella and Razia Jan