05 August 2012

Razia Jan ~ Afghan Girls' Schoolteacher Heroine

CNN's Allie Torgan tells of girls' school founder-teacher Razia Jan in Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk going to school...
"There were at least 185 documented attacks on schools and hospitals in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations. The majority were attributed to armed groups opposed to girls' education. "It is heartbreaking to see the way these terrorists treat... women," said Jan, 68. [...] They are scared that when these girls get an education, they will become aware of their rights as women and as a human being." Despite the threat of violence, Jan continues to open the doors of her Zabuli Education Center, a two-story, 14-room building where 354 area girls are receiving a free education. [...] "My school is very small. It's nothing big. But for this to start here, I think it's like a fire. And I think it will grow," she said. "I hope that one day these girls... will come back and teach."

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