FB photo helped an Afghan woman go to college

Her high school degree was enough to become a teacher at the only elementary school in her village in Afghanistan, but she wanted more. On March 15 Jahantap set out to take the university entrance exam. She walked until her feet were blistered and bruised and then sat for 10 hours with her infant daughter cradled on her lap in a bus over rugged rocky roads. She took the exam and scored 152 out of a possible 200.


But it was a picture of Jahantap posted on Facebook, sitting cross-legged on the classroom floor, her 2-month-old baby asleep on her lap as she took the exam, that made the dream of going to college come true.TOP COMMENT
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“I wanted to get my education, so I could help my village, change my village. I want to help my society. But first I wanted it for my children, so one day they could be educated,” she said.


Zahra Yagana, who runs a small non-governmental organisation said the picture inspired her to get Jahantap into a university. She went to the government and got help from Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, an adviser to President Ghani, and Sarwar Danish, a vice president. Naderi is paying Jahantap’s university tuition and Danish will pay the rent on the family’s home in Kabul.


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Source: Time of India

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