Shabana Basij-Rasikh is Working to Improve Education for Afghan Girls


Shabana Basij-Rasikh once studied in a secret school for girls during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan when female education was forbidden, before continuing her education at Middlebury College in Vermont, U.S. She is now the co-founder and President of School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), the first and only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. She expresses her gratitude to her parents, who took the social and political risk of sending their daughters to a secret school because they believed in the value of education for girls. Shabana has committed her career to improving educational resources for young women; she explains, “leveling girls up doesn’t mean leveling men’s our role as educators and advocates to make clear that girls’ education doesn’t overturn what works; it takes what works and helps it work better.”

For Further Reading

Watch or read the transcript of Shabana’s TEDx talk about educating women in Afghanistan. She will also be one of the speakers at the TEDxGateway in Mumbai in December.


Discussion Question

Shabana Basij-Rasikh talked about how her parents called female education her “greatest asset.” How have you used your education as an asset in your life?


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