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

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Video Conference: Carlisle Middle School

In November, our students at the Zabuli Education Center had the opportunity to speak with students from Carlisle Middle School in Carlisle, MA via video conference. Students on each side came prepared with questions to talk about differences in culture, school, and government. Because of the time difference, both groups were together outside of normal school hours. They each shared a meal after the call - our students shared dinner, and the Carlisle Middle School students shared breakfast!

Final Term Exams at Zabuli Education Center

It’s exam time! The end of the year means final term exams throughout the Zabuli Education Center. Kindergarten through third grade started their week-long exams on November 14 and finished on November 21. Grades 4-12 started their exams on November 22 and will finish on December 10. We are so proud of all of the hard work that our students have done throughout the term!

Video Conference: Sharon Middle School

Last week, students from the Sharon Middle School in Massachusetts and some of our students at the Zabuli Education Center had a wonderful time connecting via video conference. Our students shared a meal afterwards too!

Razia meets Barry Rassin, Rotary International President 2018-2019

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!

Student Profile: Rana

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.

Student Profile: Manizha

afghanistan girls school nonprofitManizha 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.

 

Student Profile: Marhaba

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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.

 

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

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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.