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In Afghanistan, girls are eager to go to school. At the Zabuli Education Center, eight new classrooms have been added to accommodate more than 400 girls enrolled this year.
“We opened a school for girls in Afghanistan to help break the cycle of poverty through access to an education in a very poor area,” said Razia Jan, founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation. “By providing these girls with an education, we are giving them a ray of hope to protect them from the vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and hunger.”
In 1996, the Taliban regime outlawed the education of girls and women. In 2001, after the Taliban were overthrown, the Afghan government with the help of international aid agencies began to slowly rebuild the education system for all.
When the education center opened in Zabuli, less than 200 girls enrolled in the first year, and the education of girls still lags behind boys in the country. But efforts like Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation are building new opportunities, one classroom at a time, for the girls of Afghanistan.
GreaterGood.org supports these and other efforts to provide education for children through The Literacy Site's Gifts That Give More program.
Photo of construction at Zabuli Education Center courtesy of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation.