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Author: Suneby, Elizabeth
Illustrator: Verelst, Suana
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-55453-816-4
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education

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We all have hopes and dreams, but those who live in places of turmoil often have dreams we enjoy and take for granted daily. Razia dreams of attending school in Afghanistan, while her brothers enjoy getting an education. When a new girls’ school opens down the road, she is filled with hope. Her persistence and determination is needed to make it reality when a girl is often needed at home in her community. The pencil and collage artwork exemplifies the colours of the environment and culture of Afghanistan.The Education for Everyone explanation at the back of the book, explains how the real Razia Jan, born in Afghanistan and raised in the United States, started the Razia’s Ray of Hope. This page highlights the need and importance of education in the quality of life of women and children. In 2012, Razia Jan, was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, as an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the lives of others. The Dari glossary, classroom activities and discussion questions at the end of the book are intended to help teachers and students to address the global issue of illiteracy and education. Hyperlinks to the publishers’ website and Razia’s foundation allow for greater exploration of these social issues. The authoroif this book was inspired to write this story after personally meeting Razia and hearing the students’ personal stories.

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