Raazia Moeen Forges Path for Women in Pakistan

Raazia is a refugee from Afghanistan who has overcome obstacles in a foreign country. After being a student at the Barakat Ersari School, Raazia came back to teach students who are refugees like herself. By returning to teach, Raazia is reinvesting in the community that helped her gain an education. Her work now is strengthening that community for future generations. Raazia is setting a shining example for her students to follow, and she is a role model for all in Pakistan and Afghanistan to look to.

Assalam Aaikum everyone. I’m Raazia Moeen. I am a teacher in one of the Barakat Schools in Pakistan. I teach in Ersari Elementary School Attock. My father is a doctor, in a family of 6 sisters and two brothers. I belong to a Pashto family. We moved from Afghanistan to Pakistan (Attock) in 1997. We settled in Attock and my parents faced many hardships most of which I don’t remember as I was too small.

My father was enthusiastic to send all his children to school but had a lack of money. He heard about the Ersari Elementary School where education was free for refugees, so I got admission to first grade in 1997. We had a strong base in our dear school and due to tireless efforts by our teachers here, I passed my 8th grade form at this school and got admission into the 9th grade in a local private secondary school. I completed my 10th grade there, and for 11th and 12th grades got admission into Government College for women in Attock.

I had a lot of interest in learning computers and I completed the basic computer course. Then I was offered the job at Ersari Elementary School. It was the best chance for me to work a job and contribute to the earnings of my family along with the superior sense of being a teacher, especially in a place where I was a student some years ago.

I am working here and feel very proud of myself to be an example for other Afghan girls. I think I’m the first girl in Attock who has achieved this fame and success in the Afghan community.

I appeal to all in Afghan community that they must understand the equal importance of girls education along with boys. Women are an essential part of any civilized society. If a girl is well educated, she can handle all hurdles easily, she can be good mother, good sister and daughter.

For my future I want to continue my studies in computer training. I’ll add to my qualifications in this field. I want to be equally important for my family as my brothers are.

Thanks to all my teachers, my parents and the Barakat administration, who are doing a really tremendous job for us. I pray that all Afghan people must stand shoulder to shoulder with other advanced nations of the world and the Barakat’s work here continue forever. Thank you.”