"It is my greatest desire to educate my daughters like my sons."
An Afghan father has revealed that he is so determined to get his daughters educated that he travels 12 kilometres on his motorcycle each day to take them to school.
Mia Khan’s dedication to seeing his daughters educated at a school run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has received a lot of praise on social media.
He travels 12 kilometres with his three daughters each day to the Nooraniya School for Girls in the province of Paktika. After school ends, Mia returns home with his children.
Despite being illiterate, Mia wants his daughters to have an education like his sons.
He also explained that he wants his daughter to become the village’s first female doctor.
While Mia takes his daughters to school on most days, on the few days that he cannot, one of his sons will travel instead.
It is inspiring to see a family prioritising female education in a country where girls and women are hindered from getting a good education.
Mia explained his reasons for travelling 12 kilometres every day:
“I am illiterate, and I live on a daily wage, but my daughters’ education is very valuable to me because there is no female doctor in our area.
“It is my greatest desire to educate my daughters like my sons.”
According to the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Mia’s dedication does not stop there. After arriving at the school, he waits several hours there until the bell rings again where he takes his daughters home.
Two of his daughters are grade six students while one is in grade five.
His daughter Rozi said:
“I am so happy that I study, I am in grade six this year.
“My dad or brother brings us on a motorcycle every day to the school and when we leave, he brings us home again.”
According to Geo TV, there are around 220 girls studying in grade six alone at the school.
The efforts of the Afghan father did not go unnoticed as social media praised him for his commitment to providing his daughters with the best education.
One person commented:
“Such a great father, a role model for all of us. Salute man, u are a man of the millennium.”
Another person posted: “Some heroes don’t wear caps, just like Mia Khan who takes his daughter on 12km motorcycle ride to school daily, and waits there for 4 hours until class ends, because even though he’s uneducated, he wants his daughter to become his village’s first lady doctor.”
This is a positive step where a lot of women and girls in the country are prevented from having a good education.