Beating the Odds, Afghan Woman Gets an Education

Nursing student practicing skills at college

I met Parwana Noori last spring. She was born in Afghanistan where the literacy rate for female adolescents is only 32 percent. Although she could not read or write herself, Parwana’s mother was determined that Parwana and her other children would receive an education. Beating the odds, Parwana graduated from high school and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Kabul. In 2010, she moved to the United States to further her education and is on track to graduate in 2016 from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a degree in nursing. Parwana’s goals are to become a midwife, return to her country, and help decrease the infant and maternal mortality rates. In this video, Parwana shares her journey including where she went to school in Afghanistan, the challenges she faced obtaining her education, and the ways technology and online learning are helping her reach her goals. To learn more about Parwana’s journey, read her success story.