The Amazing Gift of Education - Atika

Atika grew up in Afghanistan. She is a Hazara from a small country village where girls are not allowed to leave the house once they were 10-11 years old. Education wasn’t considered to be important for a girl.

In 1999, Attika’s father felt that Afghanistan had become too dangerous for his family so he moved them to Quata, a small town in Pakistan, while he, aged 60, headed for Australia to try and make a new life for them. In Quata, Atika spent her days attending the refugee school where Iranian refugees taught.

This is the story of a girl who in the land of her birth was confined to the house for most of the day, but given the opportunities of a free and democratic nation has blossomed and has become a highly educated and contributing member of that society.