So apparently it’s PRIMA DONNA and not PRE-MADONNA
To evade the Taliban, Shabana Basij-Rasikh went to school disguised as a boy, taking different paths to avoid detection and covering her books to make them look like the Koran. Now at 24, she is on yet another mission: to make education attainable for all Afghan girls. In 2008, Basij-Rasikh started a boarding school with four girls. Today, the school has 35 students and has helped 40 girls get scholarships to boarding schools and universities in five different countries, with scholarships amounting to $7.7 million.
"In some parts of the country…once girls reach puberty, they don’t leave the house," says Basij-Rasikh, who attended high school and college in the U.S. and hopes that her boarding school model can be replicated in conflict and post-conflict countries. "She cooks and cleans and irons. If you take that girl from that household and put her in a boarding school, all of a sudden you buy several hours of her day that she can use to focus on herself and her personal development."
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