Education Brings Hope for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

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In a country where the literacy rate for adults hovers around 50 percent, Barakat’s elementary school classes help educate students and allows them to pursue their goals in life. “School created the sense of looking [at] myself in [the] future,” 11-year-old Sher Bano said. She is a fifth grader in Barakat’s Ersari Elementary School in…

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Report from the Field with Zuhra Abhar

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Zuhra Abhar, after working for almost a year as Barakat’s Overseas Programs Director in Afghanistan recently returned to the U.S. for a brief visit. She oversees all of Barakat’s five programs in Afghanistan, keeping track of teachers, families, staff, and students. One of Abhar’s most challenging tasks is dealing with cultural prejudice against keeping girls…

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