California Rotary Club Recognized for Efforts To Improve Education in Afghanistan

Posted by Anna P. Mussman
January 6, 2010
Afghan Children Take Lessons From Teacher in Kabul

About the Author: Anna Mussman serves in the Office of Youth Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai recently honored the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Foundation (LJGTRCF) for its tremendous impact on Jalalabad's education sector. La Jolla Rotarians have successfully implemented several education programs, including the ECA Bureau's Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) program. The GCE program reaches far and wide, involving students in Jalalabad and the states of California, Massachusetts and Washington.

In particular, the GCE program has made a huge difference for young Afghan women. For example, GCE brought 23 young women from Bi Bi Zainab Girls High School face-to-face with girls in San Diego via videoconference. During a recent GCE graduation ceremony, one female graduate student said, "Through participation…we talked to the U.S. students, exchanged our ideas, shared our wishes and future plans and got clear understanding of U.S. and many other cultures around the world. We feel proud and happy now, we are not alone now.”

For such efforts, on December 26, 2009, the Nangarhar Director of Education and Jalalabad Elders stood proudly as their region's governor presented Rotarian Fary Moini with a plaque signed by President Karzai. The plaque proclaimed: "The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Leadership of the Ministry of Education appreciate your efforts and endeavors in the field of the development of Education.”

For more information about La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarian's projects in Jalalabad, please click here.

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Cynthia V.
California, USA
January 8, 2010

Cynthia V. in California writes:

Thank you for sharing these items. The Skype call between Afghan and US girls was a delight to all who participated. The first few moments were devoted to the pure joy of just looking at each other (after writing to each other on our GCEP Facebook site). Then they began to ask questions of each other: What do you do with your time outside of school? Do you have a part-time job? What do you wear to a wedding? What languages do you speak? What do you like to eat? How do you like school? Tell me about your family. What would you like to do in your future? How do you understand the meaning of life? The US girls were impressed by the Afghan girls' command of English -- they asked questions, understood answers that were at times a little rambling or complex, and in many instances asked follow-up questions. There were magical moments when all the girls laughed -- in both countries, at the same time. All agree that they'd like more Skype calls in the future.


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