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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.