In 2000, I began working in the field of education. I joined a group of Afghan volunteer graduate students who were training teachers of refugees’ community-based schools in Iran. The teachers had not received any teacher training. However, they were young and motivated. That was my first, but exciting experience in education and opened the door to Afghanistan’s education problems, challenges, and issues.


In 2005, when I returned to my country Afghanistan after 20 years, I joined the teacher education department of Ministry of Education. Although my BA was in mechanical engineering and my MA was in philosophy of science, I chose education as my career, because I found it very crucial for development of my country and also very exciting.


For more than 2 years I was involved in conducting research and evaluation of different teacher training programs. Then, I joined the UNESO International Institute for Educational Planning in 2007 to support the Ministry of Education in strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation. We reviewed and revised the National Education Strategic Plan. During this process, we faced many questions on how to improve policy making processes, what are the most effective strategies for developing Afghanistan’s education, and how to improve educational systems. 
In addition, I helped the Higher Education Project (HEP) in developing and translating training materials for faculty of science and mathematics faculties. Also, I taught “Educational Evaluation and Assessment” in HEP Afghan Master Program at Kabul University of Education. 


I am glad that I am now at CIE and I have the opportunity to reflect, learn, and discuss about international education development. I have found the center as a marvelous learning community that includes professors, practitioners, and learners with diverse international experience.


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