Portrait | Sara is the new laureate of the International Scholarship for Excellence
Each year, the Executive Committee of the MBS Foundation Committed to making a difference selects the future laureates of the International Scholarship for Excellence on social and academic criteria, considering the difficulties that countries may be going through, such as situations of war or economic crisis.
Since 2012, 23 students from Syria, Haiti, Colombia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Mali, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Peru, Indonesia, Bolivia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Mexico and Afghanistan have received support from the MBS Foundation Committed to Making a Difference, which finances the students’ tuition fees as well as a monthly living expenses grant.
Among this year’s laureates, we meet Sara Razi, an Afghan student in her final year of Bachelor.
Sara, who are you?
“I come from Afghanistan. I am a woman and I belong to the Shia and Hazara communities, which are three criteria that made my access to education extremely difficult. It was a daily struggle, because not only was reaching schools complicated, but I also had to fight against the weight of Afghan society, which makes women feel guilty for studying. So in 2018 I went to Bangladesh to fulfil my ambition to study and subsequently be able to encourage other women to make the same choice.”
What project is driving you now?
“During my four years in Bangladesh, I joined an association to raise awareness of the importance of studying, I was also able to give English lessons and help future students to build their application to join universities and get scholarships.
I arrived in Montpellier a few weeks ago and my mission in the association still goes on today. I organize online sessions and coordinate about 100 volunteers in this project.”
What do you expect from your journey at MBS?
“I would like to thank MBS for trusting me and offering me this opportunity to continue my studies. I expect this programme to provide me with the tools and skills I need to make a difference in defending women’s rights and access to education.”
To find out more about the MBS Foundation’s equal opportunities activities, go here.