Over the past 15 years Afghan refugee numbers have increased. Morning Star opened a GED-based educational institute in 2016, to meet the educational needs of the Afghan children in Southeast Asia. The institute is now in its’ 4th academic year and has over 80 students in 7th through 12th grade. We currently have 14 teaching staff and 1 administrative staff to support our academic and extra-curricular activities. We are preparing to graduate our first senior class this month, in March 2020.
The institute strives to improve the various aspects of student’s lives, as we aspire to develop leaders within the Afghan communities. One of our current 8th grade students, Akram, was having great difficulty concentrating in class and finishing his homework. When he failed in all subjects during the last term, his class teacher took significant interest to find out more about him and his life.
When Akram was 13 years old his whole family was sent to prison in Southeast Asia due to some allegations. He was separated from his parents and struggled through various traumatic experiences inside the prison. Although this was a few years ago, memories of this time continue to haunt Akram at his young age. While he is an intelligent student he struggles with depression and finds it very difficult to control his mind. This reflects in his behavior in school, and has affected his academic standing.