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Author Stern, Jeffrey E. (Reporter), author.

Title The last thousand : one school's promise in a nation at war / Jeffrey E. Stern.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    370.9581 STE    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 325 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Contents Eleven months left -- The first thousand -- Twenty-one years left -- The school -- The student -- Four years left -- The student -- The American -- Two years left -- The mechanic -- Nine months left -- The astronomer -- Eight months left -- The troublemaker -- Seven months left -- The troublemaker -- Six months left -- The driver -- Five months left -- The student -- The mechanic -- Four months left -- Three months left -- The student -- Two months left -- The driver -- The mechanic -- One month left -- The storyteller.
Summary "There, a few thousand students are learning not just to read and write and add, but to question, criticize, make provocative art. To sing, poke fun at one another, to protest. The Teacher named the school "Marefat" because it means "knowledge" but also all its derivatives: "wisdom;" "education;" "intellect;" "awareness." Under the protection of foreign forces, a special place has flourished in Afghanistan. The Marefat School is an award-winning institution in the Western slums of Kabul, built by one of the country's most vulnerable minority groups, the Hazara. Marefat educates both girls and boys, embraces the arts, and teaches students to question the world around them, interrogate their leaders, and be active citizens in their quickly-changing country. As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, this community is left behind, unprotected. Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey E. Stern explores the stakes of war through the eyes of those touched by Marefat: Aziz Royesh, the school's daring founder and leader; a mother of five who finds freedom in literacy; a clever mechanic; a self-taught astronomer; the school's security director; and several intrepid students who carry Marefat's mission to the streets. We see how Marefat has embraced the U.S. and blossomed under its presence; and how much it stands to lose when that protection disappears. The Last Thousand tells the story of what we leave behind when our foreign wars end, presenting the promise, as well as the peril, of our military adventure abroad."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Marefat School (Kabul, Afghanistan).
Hazras -- Education -- Afghanistan -- Kabul.
Royesh, Aziz.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Education and the war.
ISBN 9781250049933 (hardback)
1250049938 (hardback)

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