Dare to Educate

with Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Laurie Patton
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EST

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Educate girls to change the world!

Join us for Shabana Basij-Rasikh, founder of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan), in conversation with Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury College. Basij-Rasikh founded Afghanistan’s first boarding school for girls. Take part in the discussion as we learn about SOLA, the challenges it faces with the return of the Taliban, and the profound link between girls’ education and some of the most pressing issues of our time: COVID and climate change.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh was born and raised in Kabul, and finished high school in the US through the State Department’s Youth Exchange Studies program. A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in international studies and women & gender studies, Basij-Rasikh co-founded SOLA in 2008, with the mission of providing access to quality education for girls across her homeland. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Oxford University, and has received honorary doctorates from SOAS University of London and Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. Basij-Rasikh has been awarded a Davis Peace Prize; named one of CNN International’s Leading Women of 2014, one of National Geographic‘s 2014 Emerging Explorers, and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Asia; and recognized with the 2018 Malalai Medal, one of Afghanistan’s highest national honors, for her work in promoting girls’ access to education. She currently works as a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a call to action seeking investment in girls’ education worldwide, as well as a contributor for the Washington Post’s Global Opinions section.

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