Moving letters by Afghan schoolgirls

Anastasia Motricala Monday 06th July 2015 09:59 EDT

In the village of Deh Subz, Afghanistan, schoolgirls have expressed what going to college would mean to them by writing touching, yet upsetting letters as they talk about the education they could only dream of.

The Zabuli Education Center founded in 2008, is the village’s only school for girls and it has given them the opportunity to go to school for the first time and a chance to transform their lives. The group of girls will graduate from ZEC this autumn but unfortunately there is no college where they can further continue with their education, implying their schooling must end at the age of 17, or 18.

Aziza, a student in the 12th grade at ZEC is the first girl in her family to get an education. She is one of the many schoolgirls that have understood the value of knowledge and began to wish about attending college, the girls all talk about the opportunities to come in their way if they go to college and they involve getting a good job and bringing knowledge back to their village to educate other people.

Shakera wants to become a judge, education means freedom of speech to her and education will help her defend her rights.

The GroundTruth Project, a not-for-profit organisation based in Boston, has created a film showing how education has helped the girls.

The filmmaker Beth Murphy says: ”It's kind of accepted girls just don't go to college. They can't go for a number of reasons.

"In this village they live off less than $1 (64 pence) a day, and they can't get to colleges in different towns, and families won't let them leave.

"They can't go to college, so college should go to them."

Campaigners are trying to raise fund to build The Zabuli Technical College in the village, which would be the first ever girl’s college in rural Afghanistan, they wish to build it in time for the start of the next Afghan school year in April 2016 when the girls graduate, but in the interval they are left in doubt about their futures. 

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