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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Student Profile: Asiya

Asiya Student ProfileAsiya enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center in 2008 as a third grader. Today she is 19 years old and is in the eleventh grade. Her father is a driver and her mother is a homemaker.

Asiya has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Two of her sisters are students at the Zabuli Education Center: Nargis (third grade) and Marwa (kindergarten). Asiya's brothers are 16, 14, 13, and 3. The three oldest brothers all attend public school in Deh'Subz.

In 2015, Asiya was married to her cousin. Her in-laws are eager for the young couple to have children, but Asiya wants to complete her education first.

Asiya is calm, polite, punctual, and well behaved. Her favorite classes are biology and mathematics. In her spare time, Asiya likes to read and write essays.

She wants to become a judge.

Student Profile: Soma

Soma Student Profile

Soma started attending the Zabuli Education Center in 2008. She is calm, polite, well-behaved, and eager to learn new things. Her favorite classes are Islamic studies and biology. She wants to become a journalist.

Soma is one of eight children. Her mother is a homemaker. One of her oldest brothers works in TV and studies pharmacy, while another is abroad. Two of Soma’s brothers attend public school in Deh'Subz, grades nine and six.

Soma’s three sisters all attend the Zabuli Education Center: Uzma in grade twelve, Nadeema in grade ten, and Marwa in grade five.

Soma enjoys listening to music and sewing in her spare time. Her greatest wishes are for peace, stability, and happiness around the world.

The Celebrate 500 Tour: You're Invited!

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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.

TOUR SCHEDULE

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.

Student Profile: Hadia

Hadia Student ProfileEighteen-year-old Hadia enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center in 2014 as a tenth grader. She is punctual, well-behaved, and eager to learn new things. Her favorite subjects are the Holy Quran, English, biology, and computer science. In the future, Hadia wants to become a successful and well-known doctor.

Hadia is the oldest of six children. Her sister, Fariha, is 16 years old and left the Zabuli Education Center two years ago to get married. Two of Hadia’s other sisters, Zarafshan and Sameera, attend school with Hadia in grades ten and five respectively. Beheshta, Hadia’s youngest sister, is four years old. Hadia’s only brother is six years old and is in the first grade at a public school in Deh'Subz. Hadia's mother is a homemaker and her father is a car salesman.

In her spare time, Hadia enjoys reciting and listening to the Holy Quran.

Student Profile: Malalai

Malalai Student Profile

Malalai is 17 years old. She enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center in the twelfth grade in 2016. She is polite, intelligent, well-behaved, studious, and punctual. Malalai can read and write English very well. She is eager to learn new things and received the highest placement at this year’s mid-term exam. Her favorite classes are English, biology, and mathematics. In the future, Malalai wants to become a doctor to serve her people and Afghanistan.

Malalai’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 Malalai’s brothers attend public school in grades twelve and nine. Her two sisters, Spogmai and Gulalai, also attend the Zabuli Education Center in grades twelve and five respectively.

In her spare time, Malalai likes reading English books. She wishes for peace and global stability.

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani

Razia Jan was honored and pleased to meet with First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani in Washington, DC, last week!

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Student Profile: Rahela

Rahela Student ProfileAt 24, Rahela is the oldest student at the Zabuli Education Center.

After years at a different school, at the age of 18 Rahela enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center as a fifth grader. Her previous schooling was so poor that Rahela could barely read of write. Having put in a tremendous amount of time and effort, Rahela will graduate this fall.

Two years ago, Rahela resisted an arranged marriage to a much older man, and her family punished her brutally, attempting to intimidate her into compliance. For six months, Rahela endured beatings from family members. The support of classmates seemed to help her endure; they rallied her spirits, even on days when laughter hurt because her ribs had been broken. After six months of steadfast refusal, her family finally conceded. Rahela could not have managed this victory without the support of her teachers and fellow students.

Rahela has three brothers and three sisters; all of her sisters are also enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center. Rahela's father is the village malik (the equivalent of a mayor), who, despite conservative views, is hugely supportive of our school.

Student Profile: Fatema

Fatema Student ProfileFatema is 15 years old. She is in the tenth grade. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker.

Fatema has 4 sisters and 7 brothers. Her eldest brother graduated from school and is a police officer. Her second brother is studying law at Kabul University. Her third brother, a sixth grader, attends public school in Deh'Subz, as does her fourth and fifth brothers (twins in fifth grade) and sixth brother (fourth grade). Her youngest brother is 5 years old.

Fatema's two eldest sisters graduated from school and are married. Her third sister, Nadia, is a senior at the Zabuli Education Center and her fourth sister, Amena, is also a Zabuli Education Center student, currently in seventh grade.

Fatema began attending the Zabuli Education Center as a first grader in 2008. She is an intelligent, polite, punctual, and well-behaved student. She skipped grade nine and wen from eighth to tenth.

Fatema's favorite subjects are the Holy Quran and English. She likes reading a variety of books and likes to cook. She also enjoys swinging.

She wants to become a judge and serve her country.

Student Profile: Uzma

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Meet Uzma, one of our current seniors!

Uzma is 17 years old and is in the twelfth grade. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker. She has three sisters and four brothers. One of her older brothers works at Shamshad TV, and the other is attending university abroad. Her younger brothers are in ninth grade and fourth grade in public school in Deh-Subz.

Her three sisters all go to school at the Zabuli Education Center. Soma is in eleventh grade, Nadeema is in tenth grade, and Marwa is in fifth grade.

Uzma started attending the Zabuli Education Centerin the fourth grade in 2008. She is an intelligent, studious, and punctual student. She writes, reads, and speaks English very well. Her favorite classes are computer literacy, English, and biology. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up so she can serve her people.