Razia’s Ray Of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of An Education

Razia's Ray of Hope Book Cover When young Razia learns that there will be a new school for girls in her Afghan village, she is determined to attend.  Her baba gi (grandfather) supports her, but her father and brothers refuse to give her permission.  The school’s founder assures them that Razia will be safe and that allowing her to go to school will be for the good of the family, the village, and the country.  The book is a fictionalized account of the building of the Zabuli Education Center, a school for girls in the Afghan village of Deh’Subz.  The story is enhanced by photo, fabric, and drawing collage.  Illustrations capture the beauty and harsh realities of the small village.  Background information on the lack of girls’ education worldwide; a brief biography of Razia Jan, the school’s founder; a glossary; and classroom activities accompany this powerful book. mjw
Title: Razia’s Ray Of Hope: One Girl’s Dream Of An Education
Author: Elizabeth Suneby
: Suana Verelst
: Kids Can Press Ltd.
: 2013
Original language
: English
: 978-1-55453-816-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 8-12
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Afghanistan
Author’s residence
: United States
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
: 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Book List, 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor, 2014 South Asia Book Award, 2014 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award
: Afghanistan, Girl’s educations, Southern Asia

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