Graduation Ceremony of Afghan Refugee Children in Mashhad
The first cohort of Afghan children—35 girls and boys aged 10-12—who have studied in one of the non-governmental learning centers in Mashhad, celebrated their graduation from primary school on the 26th of May, 2014.
These children had missed out on formal public education, but have undergone schooling as part of a project by the Bureau of Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) of the Ministry of Interior supported by the UNICEF Iran Office and implemented by HAMI, an Iranian NGO providing services to refugee children and women. The project partners have entered collaboration to ensure that the right to education of all children and women, especially those among the vulnerable Afghan populations, is fulfilled.
BAFIA, UNICEF and a number of NGO partners strive to provide equal educational opportunities for all children living in Iran as they believe education helps communities to bridge social inequalities, linking them to a larger universe and encouraging self-confidence and self-esteem.