This Mother’s Day we want to honor Mahbuba Qurbonalieva, the director of Central Asia Institute Tajikistan (CAI-T) and an amazing mother who champions education for all girls. CAI asked Mahbuba to share some of her insights, important lessons she learned from her mother, and wisdom she wants to pass on to her daughter. Below are her thoughtful answers to our questions about motherhood, education, and raising strong women.
“The only way to prevent Afghanistan from going backward is education.” These words hung heavily in the hot air of a teacher’s lounge in a small village in Nangarhar province last year during a conversation about the future of Afghanistan with CAI Communications Director Hannah White. They were spoken by Muhammad Asif, an Islamic Studies teacher for grades 9 – 12 at Khodi Dust Girls’ Higher Secondary School. Muhammad is passionate about education, and he truly believes it is the only thing that can save his country
Earlier this year, we wrote about the urgent need to replace the Dasht School, a rural school in the Rushan district of Tajikistan whose Soviet-era walls were crumbling from years of harsh weather and a terrible earthquake that made it unsafe for students. Pennies for Peace (P4P), CAI’s service-learning program for students, teachers and community groups, has taken on this project with the goal of raising funds for a new school for the 60 children determined to get an education no matter where they have to learn.
As Mother's Day approaches (it's May 14th!) it's time to consider what mothers really want. Beyond gifts and appreciation, mothers all over the world want their children to thrive, to get an education, and to flourish.
This spring, Pennies for Peace is honoring six schools whose passion and creativity made a difference in their own communities, as well as communities in Central Asia. This is CAI’s second year of giving Peace Leader Awards, demonstrating our appreciation to the dedicated students and teachers who have shown consistent passion for spreading peace and education all around the world.
Two weeks ago we received an urgent request from Wakil Karimi, director of Star of Knowledge (SKO), one of our partners in Afghanistan. The country is facing one of the largest refugee crises in the world, and thousands of displaced refugee children may miss out on years of schooling if we don’t act fast.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized access to clean water as a fundamental human right. In some far-flung areas of Central Asia, however, that right continues to go unrealized, even for children. Read more to learn how CAI is working to ensure more children have access to clean drinking water.
Close to 300 children, ages 1 1/2 to 5, have been waiting excitedly for the long winter to loosen its grip on Tajikistan. This spring the arrival of warm weather signals the start of Kindergarten No.5’s first school year with a brand new playground, installed late last September.
When the alarm goes off at 5am, it can be hard to push yourself to get out of bed, to pull on your running shoes and head out the door. This year, Central Asia Institute can help you find that extra motivation by combining fitness with fundraising for girls’ education. Through our collaboration with the Rock n Roll Marathon Series and the San Francisco Marathon, we’re helping two different sets of hard workers accomplish their goals. For many, committing to a charity race can give them the extra strength to run, ride, or ski across the finish line, even when it seems impossible.
All around the northern hemisphere temperatures are getting warmer, snow is receding and hints of spring are in the air. After a long winter, people for centuries have been marking the return of warm weather and the growing season with holidays and spring traditions. These celebrations vary from country to country, state to state, and even town to town.