Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia’s Ray of Hope News

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

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Third Floor!

Thanks to you, our supporters, this year we added a new third floor to the Zabuli Education Center. Eight new classrooms will soon be home to our seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth graders, along with a science laboratory and an art room.

Community members joined us for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of our new third floor. We’re thrilled! Thank you so much for your support. (To see more photos, click on "Read more" below.)



New Standards-Based Curricula

RRH CurriculumThe Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation is pleased to share three standards-based curricula for use in reading Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education. Written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst, Razia's Ray of Hope is the compelling story of a young Afghan girl who dreams of becoming educated. In Razia’s small village, girls haven't been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls' school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that allowing her to attend school would be good for Razia, their family, and their community.

Based on true stories of students at the Zabuli Education Center, Razia’s Ray of Hope provides educators and their students with an opportunity to explore multiple themes among the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, including: culture; people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; power, authority, and governance; global connections; and civic ideals and practices.

The curricula are free for educational use. Click on the links below to view and/or download.

Razia's Ray of Hope Curriculum for Grades 1-3

Razia's Ray of Hope Curriculum for Grades 4-5

Razia's Ray of Hope Curriculum for Grades 6-8

These curricula were made possible through the generous support of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation and Kids Can Press.

Proud Eighth Graders Ace Exams

Remember that "I've-aced-my-final-exam" euphoria? That's what our eighth graders felt after the recent exam period. Congratulations, girls!
Eighth Graders

Step inside our school!

Zabuli Eduacation Center TourClick the image at right for a video tour of our school!

Step inside the red gates of the Zabuli Education Center and see our school for yourself! In this video, our charming tour guides give you a taste of what our school and our schooldays are like.

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