Last year, during Tolleson’s and University High’s venture to support the Afghan Institute of Learning through Creating Hope International, we were able to provide many women and children in Afghanistan access to their primary education for six months.
We learned so much about the Afghan culture that we didn’t know before due to the relentless effort that our adviser gave towards pushing our NGC team to success, and especially, because our diligent founding team leader Steffany Arzate always had us explore new outlets of media that provided substantial information about the history and news of Afghanistan.
Our efforts were even recognized by the founder of AIL, as she sent us a personalized ‘thank you’ note outlining for us how our developments of various Poetry Nights for Afghanistan spurred AIL to set up Poetry Nights for the folk within the AIL community.
Our success and my personal achievement of a higher level of understanding and appreciation of the Afghan culture is what pushed me to apply to be a Team Mentor for prospective teams across the nation. Especially though, it was the notion that I didn’t want to give up my new-found belief that an access to an education can really make all the difference.
Nike’s simple, to the point and spectacular Girl Effect videos state the obvious that the future of humanity is rooted in giving and allowing a young girl to attain her education. Nonetheless, boys’ and girls’ education is what holds the key to solving many if not all of the world’s pressing issues.
A couple of minutes ago, I came across a moving article by Jaala A. Thibault about the difference an education can make in the lives of those who have faced oppression or challenges. To read the article, please click here.
“’The gift of knowledge is greater than any material thing because now we can take what we have learned and teach more people. It doesn’t cost anything and can’t be taken away from us.’” – Friend of Jaala’s