Mirwais, embroidery teacher


My name is Mirwais. I was born in Logar, a neighboring province to Kabul. I was in eight grade when the civil war burst out in 1992 and my family fled to Pakistan, where we spent the next decade. At 14 I started working and at 17 I got married. I have 5 children. We returned to Afghanistan in 2003 with the formation of the new government.

It has now been more than 10 years that I have been working in OPAWC as embroidery teacher. When I started teaching in OPAWC, I was hesitant to teach and engaging with female students, and the girls were hesitant, too, given that neither of us had worked with the opposite gender before. But luckily both the students and I got used to the new environment and my opinions towards women changed.

I learned many things in the course of 10 years. Engaging with my female students I got awareness about their problems and their rights. I took my wife to OPAWC's center to attend the literacy course. She is now able to read and write. After I finish teaching at the Vocational Training Center, I also work as a taxi driver until late evenings so I can afford the needs of my children. I would like to thank OPAWC for giving me the opportunity to work at their center.

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