In the latest of our occasional series spotlighting the amazing work of A World at School’s network of Global Youth Ambassadors, we talk to Nang Attal from Afghanistan.

Nang Attal is only 26 – but he has been flying the flag for equal education for boys and girls in his home country since he was 13.

Hailing from a tribal community in the Khawat Valley, 60 miles south of Kabul, Attal had what he describes as “a tough childhood”. Despite growing up in the midst of civil war he graduated from Kabul Education University with a degree in English and is now completing a masters at Golden Gate University in San Francisco while working as a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley.

Attal’s commitment to promoting girls’ education in Afghanistan – described by Human Rights Watch as “one of the worst places in the world to be a women” – was recognised by the United Nations when he received a Youth Courage Award at the #UpForSchool launch in New York (pictured below) for his outstanding work. Here Attal tells us about his education activism.

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