CBC: Peter Mansbridge’s 2004 Feature on Roshan Thomas: A school of joy and hope

This is what was hoped for those who made a difference in Afghanistan


CBC: Peter Mansbridge's 2004 Feature on Roshan Thomas: A school of joy and hope INDEPTH: A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE – A school of joy and hope
CBC News Online | February 23, 2004 – Reporter: Peter Mansbridge

All this week, we’ve been talking about the work these soldiers are doing in Kabul, but they’re not the only Canadians making a difference here. Far from it. A Canadian family’s project has brought joy and hope in to dozens of lives. It’s a sound so strange in war-torn Kabul, you can’t help but be drawn to it.

Inside, a place of innocence in this city of so much sadness, the brainchild of Roshan Thomas, an optometrist from B.C. who decided education was the best way to help the people of Afghanistan. At her Sparks Academy, the only school for five- and six-year-olds in the country, she takes Kabul’s best and brightest, many growing up in terrible poverty, and teaches them how to be children.

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I am an activist for World Peace, Justice, Human Rights and a better world. I do not want to change to Gavatar icon as I like the one I have had for a few years now! I say little about my education, and put no picture as the content is important not appearance or unnecessary self-praise.

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