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Silsila is 11 years old and in fourth grade at the Zabuli Education Center. The oldest of five children, she has two brothers and two sisters, one of whom is also a student at our school. Silsila’s father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. At school, Silsila reads her lessons eagerly. She is kind and well behaved. Every day she shares her lunch with her classmates.
Silsila wants to become a teacher when she grows up.
Zuhal is a 15-year-old high-school freshman at the Zabuli Education Center. She is the youngest of six siblings. Zuhal has beautiful big brown eyes, is always smiling, and very much wants to become a teacher. She loves music, but drawing is her passion.
When asked about girls’ place at home or in the world, without any hesitation Zuhal says, “Girls have a right to be treated equally at home and in society. I am so lucky to be part of a family in which everyone is educated. My father and brothers listen to my mother. My older sisters and I can also share our opinions.” Zuhal hopes that one day Afghanistan will have a female president. She added, smiling, that while Islam grants women the same rights as men, it would “be the day” when Afghan women and girls are given equal rights. Razia Jan, like Zuhal, can’t wait to see that day.
Seven-year-old Sahra is in the second grade. She is an only child. She shares a home with her grandparents, two aunts, and three uncles. Sahra’s father is the eldest—and therefore he is responsible for all of the family. One of Sahra’s aunts is also a student at the Zabuli Education Center; she is in the seventh grade.
Sahra loves to read stories. Her most favorite thing to do is to help her mother to bake bread early in the morning before she goes to school. Sahra would like to one day become a pilot and fly all over the world.
Faria is in the sixth grade. She is one of five children. Faria started at the Zabuli Education Center as a 7-year-old in the second grade when our school opened its doors in 2008. She loves coming to school. Two things that Faria loves to do are to play with dolls and to draw. She is a leader in her class. Teachers love her. Faira tells her teacher that since they don’t have electricity in her village, she always tries to finish her homework before it gets dark. Her dream is to become a doctor and help her people.
Rahila is an 18-year-old student in the seventh grade.She loves school. Rahila is the oldest student at our school, but that is not a big deal to her. She is proud that her family is allowing her to continue her studies. Rahila’s two younger sisters are in the fourth and fifth grades. Her dream is to become a police officer and get special training in human rights. She is especially interested in women’s rights. Rahila always volunteers to help teachers when needed. She is one of the head monitors who are responsible for keeping order at morning assembly. She is very much liked by our entire school.
Aysha is 6 years old and is in the first grade. She has a younger sister and an older brother. She wants to become an art teacher. She loves to draw pictures of flowers. She owns a little kitten that she named Morsel (which means “rose”). She loves to play with dolls.
Oranos is one of five children. She has one sister and three brothers. She is 7 years old and will enter the second grade in spring 2011. Her family has a goat and a baby goat; they get milk from the mother goat. Oranos loves the baby goat. She named it Pari, which means “fairy.” After school Oranos plays with the baby goat and takes care of her. She loves dolls but her family can’t afford to buy a big doll—so Pari is Oranos’s doll; a “kid” to Oranos in every sense. Oranos also loves shiny clothes. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Oranos answers that she wants to become a teacher.
Marwa is 6 years old. She is one of nine siblings. She started kindergarten at the Zabuli Education Center in 2009. She was first in her class. She just finished first grade this year and was first in her class again. She loves to sing and likes to draw and color. She has a small doll that she carries with her all the time. Marwa hopes that one day she will have a big doll. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Mawra answered, “I want to be an engineer.” When asked, “What is an engineer?” Mawra answered, “I am too young to know that, but when I grow up and become an engineer, I will tell you all about it.”
Brishna is in the sixth grade. She is the youngest of ten children, with five brothers and four sisters. She is a natural leader, helping the teachers prepare for Morning Assembly and organizing the students’ games during PE and recess. She started at the Zabuli Education Center three years ago. Her passion for school and the opportunity it offers is shown every morning when she is the first to arrive. She loves school and young children. Her goal, or perhaps more accurately her dream, is to study early education in college so that she can become a kindergarten teacher and share her love of learning with new generations of students. We hope that one day her dream will come true, and are grateful that we can play a part in making it happen.
Full of life, Nadia is 9 years old. She is one of 10 children and loves to come to school. She is currently in her third year of classes at the Zabuli Education Center. Nadia says that third grade seems very easy. She can't wait to finish twelfth grade and go to medical school so that she can become a pediatrician. Nadia wants to build a clinic in her village and treat all children for free. She is a leader in her class, helps her teacher, and excels at sports. Nadia wishes for "peace and freedom for girls so they can go to school."
Majeeda is 16 years old and is in the ninth grade. She has four sisters and four brothers. Both of Majeeda’s younger sisters attend school at the Zabuli Education Center. One of them, Baso, is in the eight grade, and the other is in kindergarten.
Majeeda is a very polite, intelligent, calm, kind, and punctual student. In 2014, during the winter course she helped teach kindergarten. She enjoys reading books and magazines in her free time and teaching the younger girls at the school. She is a great cook as well!
Shakira is 17 years old and is in the twelfth grade. She has three sisters and two brothers. Her father is a cashier in a public school and her mother is a homemaker. Two of Shakira’s sisters attend school at the Zabuli Education Center; they are in grades 5 and 6.
Shakira has been in school at the Zabuli Education Center since 2010. She has beautiful handwriting and enjoys reading and writing poems in her free time. Her favorite classes are Computer Literacy, English and Biology. She wants to become a lawyer when she grows up.
Basya is currently in the fourth grade and has been a top student in her class since she started in Kindergarten. Basya is one of 8 children. Four of her siblings attend public school, and the other three do not attend school and do not know how to read. Basya lives approximately twenty minutes from the Zabuli Education Center by bus, but is still punctual and always arrives on time. She is very intelligent, polite, well-behaved, kind, and empathetic. She loves to draw and has a beautiful singing voice.
Despite the many challenges that she and her family face, Basya maintains good attendance and is always ready to learn. She can also teach her classmates when called upon to if their teacher is unable to make it to the school. Basya dreams of someday becoming a doctor and opening her own clinic where she can serve people for free.
Fakhria is 13 years old and is in the ninth grade. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a homemaker. She has three sisters and three brothers. Fakhria's eldest brother is a student at Kabul University, and another of her brothers attends public school.
Fakhria's elder sister has graduated from public school and now works at home with her mom. Another of her sisters is in grade 4 at the Zabuli Education Center.
Fakhria is always punctual and very polite. She studies eagerly and gets great marks on her exams. Her favorite subjects are Computer Literacy and English. She likes to read and draw in her free time. She also enjoys helping her mother around the house and cooking. When she grows up, she wants to become a doctor as a way of serving her people and her country.
Beheshta is 17 years old and is in eleventh grade. She has five brothers. Beheshta's elder brother is twenty-two years old. He has graduated from school and now works in an office. Her other brothers are sixteen, thirteen, twelve, and six years old and the three oldest all attend public school.
Beheshta is a very smart girl and is always eager to study. She likes to read fiction and listen to music in her free time. Her favorite subjects are English and Biology. When she grows up, she wants to become a doctor as a way of serving her people.
Aziza is 16 years old and is in the eleventh grade. She has five sisters and two brothers. Three of her sisters are married, one sister is in the tenth grade in public school, and her youngest sister, Hameeda, is in the sixth grade at the Zabuli Education Center. Aziza’s oldest brother is married and her other brother is in the tenth grade in public school. Aziza's father is a farmer and her mother is a homemaker.
Aziza is second in her class and has played an active role in a number of events at the Zabuli Education Center, including acting as the announcer at their Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day events. Like many girls, Aziza spends her free time listening to music and practicing with make-up as well as sowing beautiful traditional clothing, like the dress shown in the picture. As a talented student dedicated to her school work, Aziza has maintained high marks. Always punctual and well behaved, Aziza shows great potential. She hopes to one day become a doctor so she can help the poor.
Mursal is 14 years old and is in the twelfth grade. She is the youngest student in her grade, having skipped both sixth and tenth grade. She has eight sisters and two brothers. Mursal's father works in the Ministry of Education and her mother is a homemaker. Seven of Mursal’s sisters graduated from high school prior to getting married. One of her brothers studied medicine at Kabul University and is now a doctor. Her other brother studies law at Bayat University.
Mursal is a very intelligent, polite, and eager student. Her favorite subjects are science and geography. She loves learning about world cultures. She also enjoys cooking in her free time.
Mursal's greatest wish is to eliminate poverty from her country and stop violence again women. She wishes for all girls to finish their education and serve their country. She wants to become a prosecutor when she grows up.
Negeena is 19 years old and is in the twelfth grade. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her father works as a guard and her mother is a homemaker and a tailor. Negeena’s eldest sister went to school through grade six and now works at home with her mother cooking and sewing. Her other sister, Masooda, is 15 years old and is in the eighth grade at ZEC. Her two brothers are 7 and 8 years old and both attend public school.
Negeena is third in her class. She loves to study and consistently gets good marks on her exams. She is a very calm, polite, intelligent, and hard-working student. Her favorite classes are Computer Literacy and English. She is very excited about graduating from school this year. She likes to cook, sew, and listen to music in her free time.
Negeena's greatest wish is for peace and stability in her country so that all girls and boys can complete their education and fulfill their dreams.
Husna is 17 years old and is in the eleventh grade. She has six sisters and one brother. Husna's father is a business man and her mother is a homemaker. Five of Husna’s sisters attend school at the Zabuli Education Center. Marwa and Safa are twins and are in the ninth grade, Kubra is in the fourth grade, Hena is in the first grade, and Sodaba is in kindergarten. Husna's brother is 11 years old and is in the sixth grade at a private school in Kabul.
Husna attended public school before coming to the Zabuli Education Center in 2014. Her favorite classes are Computer Literacy and English. She enjoys exercising in her free time.
Husna is a very polite, punctual, well-behaved, and intelligent student. Her teachers and classmates love her.
She wants to become a psychologist when she grows up. Husna's greatest wish is for peace and stability in Afghanistan so that she can continue her education.
Fareha is 15 years old and is in the tenth grade. Her father is a businessman and her mother is a homemaker. She has one sister and five brothers. Her eldest brother is currently attending university. Her sister, Feroza, is in the fifth grade at ZEC. Her second brother is in the eleventh grade, her third brother is in the seventh grade, and her fourth brother is in the fifth grade at public school. Her youngest brother is 6 years old.
Fareha started attending ZEC in the third grade in 2008. She is an intelligent and punctual student, and she studies her lessons eagerly. Her favorite subjects are Computer Literacy and English. She enjoys watching movies and weaving in her spare time.
Fareha's greatest wish is for peace in Afghanistan. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up so she can serve the people in her village.
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 ZEC in 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.