Growing up as a girl in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, Shabana Basij-Rasikh had to attend school covertly — taking a different route and time each day. There were times when she told her parents she didn’t want to attend, but “they told me that in life you could lose everything. But there was one thing that no-one could ever take away from you — an education.”
After the defeat of the Taliban, Shabana was able to attend school openly, and ended up graduating from college in the United States. Now 24, she has already founded a leadership school for women in Kabul, and hopes the students become her country’s next generation of leaders. “Working in education is like planting date trees. It takes 50 years to bear fruit. You have to be patient and you might never get to see it.”
Learn more about this inspiring woman via BBC News.