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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

The Transformative Power of Education: An evening of conversation with Dr. Lauryn Oates and Aziz Royesh

This special “In Conversation” event featuring CW4WAfghan Executive Director Dr. Lauryn Oates, and Aziz Royesh, founder of Kabul's Marefat School and a Global Teacher Prize finalist follows our screening of Angels Are Made of Light. Our speakers will explore the transformative power of education for young people in Afghanistan, and take questions from the audience. This virtual event marks the UN International Day of Youth, on August 12th.  

This is a free virtual event. Wednesday August 12, 2020 @6pm PST/7pm MT/9pm EST

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Although this event is free and open to all, donations will be gratefully accepted, and will provide much needed support for our education programs in Afghanistan. 

At a time when access to education is under threat for the most vulnerable, and CW4WAfghan is working hard to ensure opportunities for girls that will transcend the pandemic and conflict in Afghanistan, join us in celebrating these stories of hope.

About our speakers

Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of CW4Wafghan, has spent her life advocating for the empowerment of women and girls, and working to make quality education accessible in conflict zones through her professional work in literacy education, teacher education and technology for education. She has worked with diverse agencies throughout the developing world on gender equality and education initiatives.

Azizullah Royesh is an author, a leading advocate for equal access to primary and secondary education, and founder of Marefat High School, recognized as one of the best private schools in Afghanistan. He was a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in 2015 and has been a World Fellow at Yale University, and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he worked on his memoir, Let Me Breathe, detailing three decades of change and developments in Afghanistan after the Communist Coup in 1979. 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Event Location: 
PO Box 86016 Marda Loop
Calgary, BC T2T 6B7

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

Registered Charity #887718203RR0001

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