Tariq Habibyar


Born into war in Herat, Afghanistan, by the age of 15 Tariq Habibyar was teaching young girls English and literacy courses in secret while living under the extremist Taliban. He became a lecturer at Herat University, going on to work with Doctors without Borders, World Vision International, UN, USAID, War Child UK, and other international agencies. Tariq has received a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a Master’s scholarship from the US Department of State (obtaining a Master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts), a Doctoral scholarship from the University of Canterbury, a US Embassy Alumni award (through which he provided capacity building workshops for over a hundred teachers in Heart), and a University of Canterbury Innovators’ Scholarship, with which he created a non-profit Trust to support children’s education in Afghanistan. Tariq is a post-graduate doctorate student at the College of Education of the University of Canterbury.