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:

Facebook: SBasijRasikh

LinkedIn: Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Twitter: @sbasijrasikh


Facebook: Sola.Afghanistan

LinkedIn: Sola Afghanistan

Twitter: @solaafghanistan

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