Razia's Ray of Hope

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Based on the true story of a girl in Afghanistan who desperately wants an education and convinces the men in her family to allow her to attend school, Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education, written by Elizabeth Suneby with poignant illustrations by Suana Verelst (published September 2013 by Kids Can Press in its CitizenKid series) is designed to engage young readers in global issues.

The story’s protagonist goes to the Zabuli Education Center for girls outside of Kabul, started by Razia Jan. “At a fundraiser for the school, I heard Razia Jan recount story after story of the challenges girls who want an education face,” explains author Elizabeth Suneby. “I knew right then that I needed to share these stories with grown-ups and kids living in developed countries who, understandably, take education for granted.”

Written for children in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12), Razia’s Ray of Hope is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and includes facts about education and some of the reasons why 69 million school-age children around the world are not in school. The book also includes information about the real Razia Jan and the Zabuli Education Center, Dari words, a lesson plan (“A Day in Razia’s Life"), and questions for discussion, making it ideal for school, library, and personal use when discussing the fundamental human right of education for all children. You can also download a PDF of related information and activities for classroom or group use.

Award-winning author Elizabeth Suneby writes books to help youth find their voice in a hopeful world. She lives outside Boston, MA. Illustrator Suana Verelst is an award-winning children’s book illustrator from Montreal, Quebec.

Price includes shipping and any applicable sales tax. Your purchase helps send a girl to school! A portion of the royalties from sales of Razia’s Ray of Hope directly support the Razia's Ray of Hope foundation.

"This inspirational story is as beautifully illustrated as it is told. It is vital that young readers have stories like this one to show them that positive change is possible in the world, and that believing in yourself is the first step." ~Mary Chapin Carpenter, multi-platinum Grammy-winning recording artist/songwriter


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