News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan
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In October, Razia Jan was delighted to meet Barry Rassin, Rotary International President 2018-2019, and his wife, Esther, in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Rotary Zones 33-34 Institute. We wish Mr. Rassin the very best in his tenure!
Rana is 7 years old.
She began attending the Zabuli Education Center at last year as a kindergartener and is now in the first grade. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker. Rana has three sisters, one of whom - Sama - is also in the first grade with her. While Rana loves all of her sisters, she has a special bond with Sama because they are also classmates.
Rana’s favorite subject is Math, and her favorite part of the school day is playing on the playground with her classmates during break. In her spare time she enjoys playing dolls with her sisters. When she grows up, Rana hopes to become a teacher.
Manizha starting attending the Zabuli Education Center as a first grader in 2015.
She is now nine years old and in the third grade. Manizha is a thoughtful, punctual, and intelligent young lady. She is a wonderful teacher and is able to effectively teach her classmates if her teacher is attending a teacher’s meeting. While Manizha is a well rounded student, her favorite subjects are Holy Quran and English.
Manizha has five siblings, all of whom go to school. One of her sisters, Negeena, is also in the third grade at the Zabuli Education Center. Her father is a taxi driver in Deh-Subz and her mother is a homemaker. In her spare time, Manizha enjoys making crafts and sculptures. She makes different objects from clay, like apples, bananas, and pears, and gives them life-like color. When she grows up, Manizha wants to become a doctor.
Marhababegan attending the Zabuli Education Center in kindergarten at the age of six.
Today, Marhaba is eight years old and in the second grade. Her father is a military officer and her mother is a homemaker. She has five sisters and one brother. Three of her sisters also attend the Zabuli Education Center: Yalda, Kubra, and Sorya are in grades eight, seven, and five, respectively.
Marhaba is an intelligent, punctual, and sweet girl who cares deeply about her classmates and her school. Her favorite subject is the Dari language and her favorite part of school is spending time in her class. In her spare time, she enjoys helping her mother around the house. When she grows up, Marhaba hopes to become a teacher and teach at the Zabuli Education Center.
Tamana 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.
Basya 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.
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!
Alya 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.