The following slightly edited piece was written by 16-year-old Sabira, a ROYA student in Bamyan who started her English classes eleven months ago. Sabira is the oldest of five children and her father is a day laborer. When Sabira joined ROYA, she could not even write her name in English. Now she is writing nearly perfect topic pieces about a wide variety of subjects. Last week’s topic was the importance of hard work. Sabira wrote about her father. The original handwritten piece is pictured at the end.
The person I admire most in my life is my lovely father. My father is very loving and strong. I always learn from his life and his experiences. He tells me about all of his struggles in life and his success. He helps me get out of bed every morning and helps me getting prepared for school at night time. He never scolds me and deals with all my mistakes very easily and makes me learn from my mistakes politely.
I still remember all my childhood memories with my father. He is the real reason of my happiness and joy. What I am is because of him. He never thinks twice about helping needy people and always asks whenever anyone becomes sad and helps to solves his/her problems. He is a very active person. He is really a good dad not because he helps me but because of his knowledge, strength, helpful nature and, most importantly, his way of handling people.