Interviews with AGFAF Members and Students at The Lawrenceville School on #SustabinableEducation and #DigitalLiteracy
Interviews with AGFAF Members and Students at Lawrenceville School on #SustabinableEducation and #DigitalLiteracy
The Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF) was established in 2008 to help young Afghan women who seek a college education in the USA. This video includes interviews with AGFAF members and students at Lawrenceville School.
After his first meeting with the Afghan students, Graham Cole, Former Head Master at Lawernceville School and AGFAF member, said: "I was so impressed how committed, courageous, ambitious they were for themselves and their country and what was particularly moving for me is that all of them have the ambition to go back to Afghanistan to make a difference in their country."
Leo Motiuk, AGFAF member, believes that education is critically important not only for Afghan women but also for the whole country where they can contribute in many ways. Studying here in the United Stated gives them the opportunity to think critically and face challenges.
Elizabeth Duffy, the first female Head Master at Lawrenceville School, adds that education is essential for both developed and developing worlds, as many studies shows that if you invest in children's education, particularly girl's education, the consequence of that investment is substantial.
Robert Weisbuch, the former president of Drew University, believes that education is the key, so if we can provide opportunities for people to grow, they will create their own world.
Azadeh, one the Afghan students studying Psychology, spoke about the difference between studying in the United States and in Afghanistan, adding that "here, you actually have a voice and you can express your ideas freely, you can agree or disagree with your teachers and your classmates."
Jonathan Greenburg is an AGFAF committee member interested in the Middle East. His first teaching job was in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 1968. He said that when he joined AGFAF, there were around 8 Afghan girls, and now they are 25, which is a great achievement.
Francesco Rulli, Film Annex President, also talked about the Women's Annex Foundation and how they are building computer media labs in Afghanistan's schools for girls. He explained the importance of digital and social media to support and help women in developing countries like Afghanistan.