Girl Most Likely To: Help Future Generations

Girl Most Likely To: Help Future Generations

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10/16/13

She was a top student. Now, violence and bullying keep her from school.

 

Raghad, age 11, should be in 5th grade, but hasn’t been to school in two-and-a-half years because she and her family have had to move so many times during the Syrian conflict.

A refugee in Jordan now, Raghad’s face lights up and her words come quick when she talks about her old life in Syria. What it was like to walk home from school with friends and gossip about their teachers, do homework and chores after school, and then play with her cousins, who lived nearby.

Now, her family’s house, as well as her school, which had been converted into a field hospital, are rubble.

In Amman, Raghad doesn’t leave the two-bedroom apartment she and her father, pregnant mother and four younger siblings share.

She went to school there for a couple months, but now her father is afraid to let his children walk on the street after they were bullied and harassed by teenage boys along their 30-minute walk to classes.

Once they got to school, their teachers weren’t much better. They’d scold them for being Syrian, and sometimes beat them with sticks.

Despite this violent treatment, Raghad’s father plans to send her brothers to a nearby all-boys school. But for Raghad, who had been so excited to return to her studies in Jordan, there are no other options. So she must stay at home. And wait.

Still, there’s hope for Raghad, who has a father who believes in her, and that “a girl should go to university and go to class,” and not marry early, like so many girls in Raghad’s situation.

And Raghad believes education is important, too. She wants to be of service to future generations, saying, “I want to go back [to Syria] and study and learn to be a doctor.”

See how CARE is keeping girls in the picture by sending them to school!

 

Raghad, 11, Jordan (Syria)

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