Hello teachers! Welcome to the website of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers Afghan young women and girls through community-based education. This section details the most relevant information for teachers looking to bring the topic of education in Afghanistan into the classroom.
We know a thing or two about education in Afghanistan. It’s what we do.
Our founder and president is Razia Jan, an Afghan who returned to her native country in 2002 after 38 years in the United States. Determined to improve educational opportunity for girls in rural Afghanistan in the wake of September 11, Razia established an extraordinary school for girls, the Zabuli Education Center, which opened in 2008. Today our K-12 school provides more than 670 girls free education as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The Razia Jan Institute, sited next door, opened with its inaugural class of 22 students in March 2017. Our Afghan staff of 28 teachers and administrators is supported by a small, US-based foundation team.
Here, you can learn about the award-winning book Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girls’ Dream of an Education, written by Elizabeth Suneby. It’s the perfect introduction for a discussion about the importance of education, and we have developed a complementary curriculum, available for download.
We’re transforming the education landscape of Afghanistan, empowering young Afghan females one girl at a time. Won’t you join us?