Braving the dangers of being out past curfew, two Afghan women students made a quick video conference call from Kandahar to SAIT to express their thanks for the education they have received in Afghanistan through the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) on Thursday.
Donning SAIT caps and gowns, Maryam and Heena will be two of the 16 students, who will be walking the stage in Kandahar, to receive a SAIT certificate of achievement in Business Management this coming week.
The presentation also celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8.
“Ultimately, we want to promote change for women in Afghanistan,” said Heena, 18, who has five sisters and two brothers.
Heena wants to continue her education to become a doctor and provide a better life for herself and her family.
For security reasons, the last names of the girls cannot be released, nor can the date of the graduation ceremony.
In total, 200 female students will be graduating from the ACCC.
“This gives women a chance to support their families,” said Ehsanullah Ehsan, director of the Afghan-Canadian Community Center in Afghanistan.
“It can change their whole lives.”
SAIT Polytechnic has been a partner with the CIDA-funded ACCC since 2007.