Razia's Ray of Hope

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The Celebrate 500 Tour: You're Invited!


Come to an exclusive showing of What Tomorrow Brings, a life-changing documentary that leaves viewers profoundly moved and inspired. 

The Celebrate 500 Tour is a celebration of Jan’s work. A long-time Duxbury resident, Jan moved back to Afghanistan in 2002 to improve the lives of girls and young women. In 2008 she opened the Zabuli Education Center, an all-girls K-12 school in rural Afghanistan. In the years since, the school has grown from 100 students to more than 550. The first graduating class matriculated last year. And Jan has now completed construction on a post-secondary school: The Razia Jan Institute.

What Tomorrow Brings tells the intimate story of students and teachers at the Zabuli Education Center. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom. They discover that their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. What Tomorrow Brings premiered in North America at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.


11/4/16 Duxbury, MA
11/11/16 Bartlesville, OK


*Film screening only; Razia will not be in attendance


Student Profile: Spogmay

Spogmay Student ProfileSpogmay began attending the Zabuli Education Center in the twelfth grade in 2016. She will graduate this December.

Spogmay is a polite, studious, intelligent, calm, punctual, and well-behaved student. She can read, write, and speak English very well. Spogmay can write beautiful English essays. Her favorite classes are English, Pashto, biology, and mathematics. In the future, she wants to become an economist to serve her people.

Spogmay’s father is retired and her mother is a homemaker. She is one of eight children. One of her oldest brothers is married and works as an army policeman. Two of her other brothers are shopkeepers and are married. Two of Spogmay’s brothers attend public school in grades twelve and nine. Her two sisters, Malalai and Gulalai, also attend the Zabuli Education Center in grades twelve and five, respectively.

In her spare time, Spogmay enjoys reading books, writing essays, and listening to music. Her greatest wishes are for peace and stability all around the world.