Posted by David Sterling on Nov 20, 2017
Somaye Sarvarzade, President of the Rotary Club of Herat, and Education Officer at UNICEF, gave an inspiring insight into current challenges and potential of education in Afghanistan. Ms. Sarvarzade spoke of an education project that her Rotary Club is actively pursuing to improve the security and high dropout rates of young girls in Herat. The project not only restores school buildings and security walls, but also trains teachers and expands curriculum for students.
 
Influenced by supportive parents and her own experiences as a refugee, Ms. Sarvarzade demonstrates "Service Above Self" in the educational development initiatives she pursues -- from speaking to parents and children in remote villages, to supporting policy and planning efforts through UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, to providing after school reading clubs for students. Ms. Sarvarzade's passion for education was influenced by a USAID mentor to put her energies to creative use. She believes that Afghan people themselves must drive the change needed to sustain progress in educating the country's next generation. We look forward to lending a hand in those efforts.