A great write up about Marefat school.
The ability to read and write at the primary or sophisticated level alone may not be adequate for empowerment. The process of becoming an educated person, an empowered citizen, instead requires the ability to ‘perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals and aspirations’. One of the best places in Afghanistan, where this rather abstract definition of education is not just appreciated but practiced is Marefat High School. Located in Barchi, Kabul, this school is ‘home’ to more than 3,000 girls and boys where they learn, think, critique, argue, have fun and get ready for the challenges and opportunities that life offers.
My wife and I had the pleasure to attend their annual Jashn-e Marefat (The Celebration of Wisdom) on 27 April. Many things of the event including the discipline, organisation and self-confidence of the students, cordiality between them and the staff, and their…
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