Salam to all! I was born in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan. I studied until grade 4 in Kabul and then after the Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1981, my family took me to Iran.  We lived in Iran as refugees for 25 years where I did my schooling.  At the same time I had to earn money by working hard at different jobs, from teaching English to construction. This working alongside studying taught me independence and self-reliance, and I appreciated the value of putting effort in doing things to get results. Due to this perseverance and effort I graduated from the university and got my MA in Adult Education.   While working for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2001, my friends and I established a teacher-training center to train teachers for Afghan refugee schools in Tehran.  We believed that a sustainable long-term development could be achieved only through providing quality education for our children.


In 2002, by invitation from the Ministry of Education I went back to Afghanistan to work as the Academic Deputy Director in Teacher Education Department. For 6 years, I was involved in managing the development of policies, plans and projects for teacher education particularly the five-year strategic plan for the Teacher Education Department where I developed a good understanding of the situation and challenges of education in general, and teacher education in particular.


I have been teaching in in-service teacher training in Kabul and also teaching in Kateb Institute for Higher Education (private) and so I have delved into the teaching profession which has helped me even more to understand the ups and downs of education in Afghanistan.


Due to my interest in teaching and learning and systems development on the one hand, and on the other, knowing the role of professional teachers in providing our children with quality education, which in turn helps us achieve the long-term development of Afghanistan, I decided to get deeper insight into education by studying other countries’ experiences in this regard. I have observed the teacher education systems in Japan and India, which has broadened my knowledge of the alternative ways of educating teachers that can be applicable in Afghanistan. 


I found myself here in the U.S. in a different world of teaching and learning.  Learning is an enjoyable, multi-dimensional phenomenon that can happen in the best way by motivating the students and involving them in exploration and experiences.


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