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School closed in Jaghori (Ghazni) by the Karzai Government

To Whom It May Concern; 

 Having lived in the U.S. for over twenty years, I have a deep appreciation for civil liberties and greatly value education.  I believe that the future of Afghanistan rests on the shoulder of its youth.  This is why Nine years ago I collected money from my family and friends to build a school in Afghanistan where I grew up in a small village called Jagoori in the state of Ghazni. While many schools were forcefully closed because the Taliban forbade young girls to go to school, nearly 400 girls attended the Salihi Zeerak High School.  For nine years this school has been a success.  It has helped over 1100 students to read and write and put 13 students in College or University.  After two decades of  war and taliban rule, we as Afghans need to encourage our children to go to school and advance themselves.  This school has brought hope to those children when there was nothing but war and devastation.  It brought hope when there was nothing but a ruined country and broken spirits.

 Today there are 1,100 students at the Salihi Zeerak High School; 620 boys and 480 girls, which houses 1st through 12 grades.  During the past year, 13 students graduated 12th grade and are now attending either Kabul University or the University of Pakistan.  Not only has this school helped kids but it also helped Adults to read and write.  There are eighty adult females that come to the morning adult schools as well.

                 Currently there are 35 teachers, the Principal and Vice Principal.  All are high school graduates either from Kabul or Jagoori among those 4 has graduated the University of Kabul.  As a result of the Salihi Zeerak High School a second school has also opened, which holds half as many students form 1st through 6th grades.

 For the past five years, the taliban has given The Salihi Zeerak High School a permit to operate and the school was considered a government approved school.  I have recently learned that the current government of Afghanistan under President Hamid Karzai has denied a permit to the school, which means the students who graduate cannot attend any University, at all. This school would not be considered an accredited school therefor it would not be recognized by any Universities. 

 In Summation, Education will give these kids hope and some new appreciation for life, a future that was far from reaching before.  We all want the best for our children; these kids are not much different than any of our children.  Please help us help Aghanistan.  Give these children a chance; please give their school a permit. 


 Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have any questions please call me at the above number.



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