Shabana Basij-Rasikh grew up in Kabul. Her parents dressed her up like a boy and sent her to secret school so that she could get an education, which under the Taliban was illegal for women. But Shabana had a dream, and while attending college abroad she founded the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), Afghanistan’s only boarding school for girls. She has faced the Taliban’s recent resurgence with incredible determination - her forward-thinking saving the lives of hundreds of girls. Her hopeful message continues to inspire a vision for Afghanistan that is brighter than its past.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Shabana’s experience going to secret school.
- Her opportunity to come to the US as an exchange student.
- Co-fidning SOLA
- Burning the records of the students when the Taliban took over.
- The mission behind SOLA.
- Shabana’s hope for Afghanistan.
Stay connected to Shabana and her work:
LinkedIn: Shabana Basij-Rasikh
LinkedIn: Sola Afghanistan
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