“If provided with opportunities, knowledge and skills, children can make miracles because children are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution”
Sapna lives in a part of Afghanistan where girls, until recently, had no opportunity to go to school. Then, when the first community-based school for girls was established in the area, it had no gates. For many parents, a school without gates is not an option for their daughters, and Sapna was determined that all children should have access. She started a campaign calling for a real school, complete with gates, school supplies and education kits, and she motivated other children to join her. The campaign was a great success and her dream of a real school with all the proper facilities became a reality. She even convinced the authorities to extend the school from Grade 3 to Grade 6. And Sapna did not stop there. She went on to persuade local decision-makers to create a brand new high school in her community. Sapna has an impressive commitment to ensuring that all girls in her neighborhood – including the poor, marginalized and deprived – have access to an education.