Afghanistan's Success Hinges on Girls' Education: The story of SOLA, Afghanistan's first and only all-girls boarding school
Join the Manchester Public Library’s online presentation on learning more about The School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), an entity like none other. Founded by Afghan native Shabana Basij-Rasikh, SOLA operated in Kabul as Afghanistan’s first and only all-girls boarding school, growing from a single class of 6th graders in 2016 to nearly 100 girls in pre-6th through 11th grade in 2021. SOLA’s response to the fall of Kabul and the return of the Taliban last August made international news, as Shabana spearheaded the evacuation of more than 200 SOLA students, faculty, and staff to the nation of Rwanda. On February 25th, SOLA announced the start of their 2022 admissions season which will culminate in the arrival of a new class of Afghan girls at their Rwandan campus in September. Shabana joins us to look back on these unforgettable days, and to share her vision for the future she hopes to build for Afghanistan’s women and girls.