More Than Some Extra Miles…
He runs errands as a labourer, being the breadwinner for his family… but, he knows the importance of education! So, he travels 12km every day to take his daughters to the school. With the news spreading via social media, the Global Community has showered praises on Afghan national Mia Khan.
Khan is a resident of central Sharana of Afghanistan’s Paktika Province, near Pakistan border. The area is still controlled by the Talibans. Hence, local girls usually avoid going to school. However, Khan is a different person… he encourages his daughters to attend school. As there is no school in his locality, Khan travels 12km with his daughters every day, and waits outside during the school hours. He returns home with the daughters in the afternoon.
Mia Khan with his daughter Rozi
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan recently shared the story on its Facebook page, stating that Khan wants his daughters to become doctors as there is no female doctor in Sharana. “I am illiterate, and I live on a daily wage, but my daughters’ education is very valuable to me because there is no female doctor in our area. It is my greatest desire to educate my daughters like my sons,” said Khan, the father of three daughters, two of whom are in the sixth grade and one is in the fifth grade.
Rozi, one of Khan’s daughters who is in the sixth standard, has thanked his father for always encouraging her. She told the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan: “I am so happy that I study. I am in grade six this year. My dad or brother brings us on a motorcycle every day to the school and when we leave, he brings us home again.”
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan is an NGO, working on education, health care, community governance, and rural livelihood in the war-ravaged South Asian nation. The NGO has set up the Nooraniya School for Girls, where Khan’s daughters study.
Rozi with her classmates
Khan, by his actions, has proven that a father’s love for his daughter knows no bounds. Perhaps, this Afghan man will inspire his countrymen to accept their responsibilities, and to value the importance of education in their daughters’ lives…
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