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"Let Me Breathe" 

(Chapters 1-6)

 

by

AZIZULLAH ROYESH

Marefat High School, Kabul

 

TOP TEN WORLD FINALIST

Varkey Foundation

Global Teacher Prize  

AZIZULLAH ROYESH: MEET THE EDITOR

  • LEADING AFGHAN EDUCATOR

  • ZARBUL MASALHA EDITOR 

  • "TOP 10" FINALIST - GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE 

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Azizullah Royesh

Marefat High School, Kabul

              !تبریک باشد 

Tabrik Baashad ~ Congratulations!  

Azizullah Royesh

Marefat High School teacher 

and Zarbul Masalha editor

has been named a

Top 10 Finalist

for the

Varkey Foundation

Global Teacher Prize

ABOUT THE GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE:  "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE"

  

     It's no surprise that award-winning Zarbul Masalha ("Proverbs" in Dari) editor Azizullah Royesh has been named one of the Top 10 Finalists worldwide for the Varkey Foundation's prestigious Global Teacher Prize

 

     The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award given each year by the Varkey Foundation to ONE very special teacher, somewhere in the world, who has made an extraordinary impact on their students and community.

 

     The Top 10 Finalists were announced in February, and the 2015 Prize winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 16.

 

     I am certain that Afghan Proverbs fans around the world will agree that no candidate meets the Prize criteria better than teacher, author, community leader, and Zarbul Masalha editor Azizullah Royesh.  

 

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Azizullah Royesh at Marefat High School

ABOUT AZIZULLAH ROYESH

 

      It's not easy to find a rock-star high school teacher and book editor in a combat zone.  But in 2010 on a back street in Kabul, award-winning author and U.S. naval officer Captain Edward Zellem found exactly such a man in Azizullah Royesh.  

 

     Captain Zellem needed a guide to help him with a personal project and passion.  He wanted to publish the world's first bilingual illustrated book of Afghan Proverbs as a way to help promote Afghan literacy, and he wanted it to be illustrated by Afghan high school students.   

 

     Whether by chance or by fate, he found such a guide in high school teacher Azizullah Royesh of Kabul.  Aziz was a teacher at Marefat High School (MHS), located on a dusty back alley deep inside one of the poorest areas of the city.  Azizullah and his colleagues had helped neighborhood families build the school with their own hands after the Taliban regime fell in 2001. 

 

 

The first edition of Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs (Kabul: Karwan Press, 2011), edited by Azizullah Royesh.  Mr. Royesh led the distribution of 40,000 copies  to over 200 secondary schools throughout Afghanistan. 

Azizullah Royesh, Marefat High School students, and Captain Edward Zellem with the original manuscript for Zarbul Masalha ("Proverbs" in Dari) 

       Nine years later and under the leadership of Azizullah Royesh, Marefat High School had become one of the brightest educational stars in Afghanistan.  It was recognized as a nationwide role model for educating both girls and boys in a progressive, advanced curriculum, and for helping give Afghanistan a better chance for peace through youth education.  Captain Zellem knew he had found the right place in Marefat High School, and the right teacher in Azizullah Royesh

 

      Azizullah agreed to edit Captain Zellem's book in his spare time.  He also developed an unprecedented  new art project for  Marefat's Art Department:  illustrating Zellem's bilingual manuscript of Afghan Proverbs as part of the creative arts curriculum at MHS.  

 

       When they were finished, the students of MHS were proud to have accomplished a world-first.  40,000 copies of the first edition of Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs were published by a local Kabul printer.  Under Azizullah's leadership, MHS students then distributed the books to over 200 schools nationwide across Afghanistan.  Afghan Proverbs soon became part of the curriculum in these schools for teaching English and Dari. 

 

       The book was so popular among Afghan educators and students that even the legendary author, historian and educator Nancy Dupree asked for 250 copies of Zarbul Masalha for her renowned Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.  Azizullah Royesh and Marefat High School had made a unique, courageous mark for education and literacy in one of the most dangerous educational environments in the world. 

 

       Learn more about Azizullah Royesh and Marefat High School in the award-winning Afghan Proverbs collection, now available in 15 languages.     

Azizullah Royesh

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