The Afghan education ministry said, eighteen-year old, Shamsia Alizada, topped out of more than 170,000 students.
The daughter of a coalminer has secured the first position in the university entrance exam in Afghanistan and now dreams to become a doctor.
The Afghan education ministry said, eighteen years old, Shamsia Alizada, topped out of more than 170,000 students. Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and foreign envoys including the US charge d’affaires congratulated her.
The Talibans had stopped girls from going to schools when it ruled Afghanistan between 1997 and 2001. But, Alizada said that she would not let politics get in the way of her studies.
She told news agency Reuters, “I have some fears about the Taliban’s comeback but I don’t want to lose my hope, because my dreams are bigger than my fear. My father works in a mine in the north, and has moved the family to Kabul to make sure that I get education. It is my sense of responsibility towards my family that brought me to this position. It is my dream now to study medicine and serve my people.”
Fewer than 30 percent of women in Afghanistan are literate and around 2.2 million girls are still out of school, according to UN agencies. “Your brilliance and grit are undeniable, just as your accomplishments underscore how much progress Afghanistan has made over two decades,” the US charge d’affaires, Ross Wilson, said on Twitter.
Former president Karzai said the success of Alizada and other young people in the exam was a sign of “hope for a bright future in Afghanistan”.
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