Equity in Educational Opportunity Matters

More than a cultural value, education is an essential tool for the development of the next generation, and a powerful lever for success in life.

Laleh

  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan

Laleh was 28 and married with two children when she was recommended for a scholarship by A More Balanced World.  She had been a top performing student all the way through primary and secondary schools, but was never able to pursue further studies due to lack of required funds and constraints from her husband’s family.  […]

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Andualem

  • Ethiopia
  • Jimma, Ethiopia

Upon graduation from high school, Andu was faced with the seemingly inevitable fortune of many of his peers: most likely, a long and dangerous journey crossing borders or seas to find work in the neighboring countries. But for Andu, his plan to enter the workforce after high school graduation was not voluntary: he had always dreamed of pursuing higher education to change his life and those of his two younger brothers.

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Ezzat

  • Afghanistan
  • KABUL, Afghanistan

At the age of 12, Ezzat’s days began at 4:30 a.m., when he went to work on the streets of Kabul to support his family by selling herbs. Ezzat was already no stranger to hard work, having spent the previous two years weaving carpets with his mother, instead of focusing on school and playing with […]

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Divya

  • India
  • Ganga, India

As the daughter of a daily wage laborer and a part-time maid, both without education, Divya understood the value of hard work in the face of adversity from a young age.

While her parents struggles to make ends meet lead her elder siblings to leave school at the end of the 10th grade, Dyvia’s determination and aptitude kept her in school, as others within the community helped pay for her school fees and related expenses.

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